Brockholes Quarry 10th May 2009

Not a pre-planned visit but with me being away some of this week and Reece’s rugby training we wouldn’t get chance to see the last of the Whimbrel, so off we went.
What an end to a good day birding, as we walked down the road we caught up with Stephen (from the Preston Society) who pointed in the direction of a Red Necked Grebe on No. 1 pit. Heading up to the viewing point we joined Mike and another couple who pointed it out to us. We got good views for about half an hour or so though most of the time its head was down, only briefly coming up as geese flew close overhead. The sun was also in our faces so getting any photographs was impossible.
After final dragging ourselves away we spent the rest of the evening watching the main pit. Not many Whimbrel in with only 8 showing up until 9pm, 20 had been reported in and out earlier. Also on the main pit were 2 Teal (male and female), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Sand Martin, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Greylag, 3 Curlew, 1 Cormorant, 5 Heron, 25 Swift, 2 Pheasant and a Roe Deer near the gate as we left.

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