BBS survey work in the area this morning produced a nice mixture and a good count of birds amongst which were:-
On the large dam - 1 drake Tufted Duck
2 Little Grebe nearby
1 Grey Heron
1 Little Owl
A good number of Linnets about, as well as Meadow Pipits and a few Reed Buntings but no sign of Grasshopper Warblers today although conditions were perfect to hear them if they had been there and singing.
Cold Edge Road
1 female Wheatear
1 Golden Plover
Plenty Skylarks and mipits about on the moorland fringe as well as the od Reed Bunting
1 leucistic Starling with a flock of c200 juveniles - first seen by Martyn H a few days ago - was showing on and off but not well enough to be able to get a photo
A first for me this year was a male Whinchat looking in fantastic plumage
No sign late morning of BS's Ringed Plover which he saw earlier in the day but I was struggling without a scope and a gusty wind. 2 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Golden Plover as well as loads of Canada's!! and 11 L B B gulls headed west with c60 Swifts charging about feeding over the choppy water.
Other news today - the Wood warbler was singing again at Ogden in the plantation this morning (see Queensbury Birder for report and photo's thanks to DS and NK)