Willington Gravel Pits 9th August 2015

Well, we mucked up today but eventually ended up at Willington Gravel Pits in Derbys. Now I have not been here for ages but the draw of a Wood Sandpiper lured us down the track to platform 1.

Arriving the first thing that grabbed us was the small flock of Little Egrets on the shallow scrape area. Now I twitched my first Little Egret for Derbyshire at Willington in the ’80’s and it was still a major county rare at the time. Oddly we got our first Sandwich Tern for Derbys the same time when one flew through calling loudly! Anyway 6+ birds were showing really well here today.

A Hobby was showing well hawking over the far side of the lake and a single Buzzard circled.
Soon the Wood Sand was spotted on the far side of the scrape and gave good views, if a little distant for photo’s, before flying miles over to the rear of the lake. However we were in for a treat as it returned and came to the nearest side of the scrape just below the platform and we enjoyed crippling views.

Over the pond Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonflies were wizzing around and Brown Hawkers were feeding over the lane. A suprise for me here were 2 Raven flying over calling!

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