Friday, 17 August 2007

Restharrow Scrape

An early morning visit to Restharrow Scrape on the Sandwich Bay estate brought good views of the resident wildfowl, and a pleasant chat with Ian the warden. There are currently seven Little Grebes, with the two males resplendent in their summer plumage.

Only one of the two young Little Ringed Plovers has survived, the other apparently disappearing at the same time as the mother. The father (above) continues to circle the island and the shores, and the youngster's flight looks strong, encouraging hope that it will survive.

Other birds on the scrape included Mallards, two Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, about a dozen Lapwings, a family of Moorhens and a Greenshank. A couple of Sparrowhawks were seen (and heard) in the Elms.

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