Sunday 28 March 2010

Plover lovers

Full of the joys of spring, a pair of Little Ringed Plover, including this ringed bird, were in front of the hides at Ibsley Water, digging nesting scrapes, displaying and mating - see images of this fascinating breeding behaviour here. Between these moments of activity there were long bouts of resting, the birds no doubt still recovering from the exertions of a long migration, and some occasional sparring with passing Lapwing and Redshank. 9 Goosander (including 2 males) and a Black-necked Grebe were also present. Rounded the day off with a trip to Weymouth with the family, catching up with a Spoonbill at Lodmoor and the Alpine Swift at Radipole Lake in the process, a new bird for Dorset for me. At one point it was chased away from its preferred feeding ground over the roof of Aldi by a gull, and had to go up-market to feed over the roof of Matalan instead. Spring 2010 continues to deliver...

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