Brockholes Quarry 23-04-09

Managed a trip down to Brockholes Quarry for a few hours this evening. Didn’t wander to far, just viewing the main pit for the Whimbrel.

Met some knowledgeable Birders who frequent the area who not only passed on some sightings to look out for, they also shared their scopes (left mine at home, mind on other things notably the chippy. Was starving!). Thank you if you are reading hope to meet up with you again.

Notable sightings through the evening were 24 Whimbrel, 2 Cormorant, 2 Gadwall (male & Female), 3 Heron, 5+ Oystercatcher, 7+ Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Mute Swan, 30+ Swallow & House Martin, 5+ Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 2 Shellduck, Kestrel, 9 Curlew and 2 Bats (rather large, not sure what kind though)

The whimbrel were hard to spot as were the redshank (the first time I’ve seen them at Brockholes) as lighting was poor and the lack of my scope.

Will be trying to make another visit hopefully again this weekend if only to explore the other pits. There has been lots of interesting sightings sown there recently.

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