Garganey: Firstly let me point out the poor quality of these images, most have been taken though my old spotting scope with my Iphone, held by hand.
Secondly I would like to express my disappointment as when I arrived at Carr Lane this morning hoping for seconds on yesterdays the Lapland Bunting there were folk walking along the hedge and in the field, hoping to flush the bird.
Unsurprisingly the Lapbunt has been much more illusive today unlike yesterday when it spent most of the day in the same area and showed quiet well.
That aside after three recent attempts as seeing the drake Garganey which has been on both Carr Lane Pools and newly names Ibis Pool, I was pleased to finally pick it up.
Water Pipit: I was told the Garganey was flushed from the Ibis Pool by a birder who was walking along the bank, near the bridge. I guess he did me a favour as the bird came on to Carr Lane Pools as was viable from Town Lane. However the bird was very settled and slept for the most of the hour I watched it.
Merlin: Two Water Pipits were also present as well as this Merlin which was perched on the telegraph pole off Carr Lane.
A nice day out overall, with stunning blue skies, decent birds and friendly faces to say chat to.