|Kingfisher Corner, looking wetter than usual.|
|The River Tame.|
We headed back to the centre to eat our lunch, then down to the hide. On the way we checked the bird table, which has been moved to make way for the construction of the new visitor centre. It was bustling - loads of action! The birds obviously approve of the new location - we saw plenty of the usual favourites, and even a couple of Willow Tits popped in.
I also spotted a new plant to try and identify, growing in the meadow on the way down to the hide. I could tell it was a Galium but which?
|I think it is Hedge Bedstraw (Galium mollugo).|
The hide was pretty busy for most of the afternoon! Luckily there were lots of great birds to show to visitors - the Pintail pair have now been loitering for a few weeks, maybe they'll stay for the winter? There were lots of Snipe nearby on the islands (surely soon we'll get a Jack or two), Grey and Pied Wagtails mashing around and loads of Teal and Goosander. Even the Water Rails stuck their beaks out of the reeds for a few brief sightings.
I had a go at getting some digiscoped photos of the Snipe while they were resting, this is about the best I managed - cropped to (mostly) remove the vignetting:
|Sketchy Great Crested Grebe, Teals and Snipe. (Apologies for poor scan quality, will use a different scanner next time!).|
|I'll definitely be avoiding the fungus section.....but am looking forward to chowing down on a few plants!|