Pintails, Snipe and more at Amwell

A relaxed wander around Amwell NR today yielded a fine collection of bird sightings and some nice photographic opportunities. A pair of Bullfinch were first to show themselves as I walked to James Hide, where Reed Buntings and displaying Dunnock came close to the hide, lured by the well stocked feeders.

Moving on to White Hide that sits above the northern bank of Great Harmead Lake I watched up to five Snipe working the muddy scrapes below, probing the sodden mud with their long beaks, whilst Wigeon whistled and dabbled close by. Further off a Heron and little Egret stood sentinel together by the waters edge as a beautiful pair of Pintail turned exquisite tails skywards in the deeper water, occasionally righting themselves to check geography and catch a breath. Out on the main lake, lapwings buzzed gulls as coot and tufted duck patrolled the open waters.

Sightings; Reed Bunting, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Shoveller (10), Pintail (pair), Snipe (6), Lapwing (40), Little Egret, Heron (2), Cormorant (4), Coot, Moorhen, Dunnock, Blue tit, Great tit, Bullfinch (pair), Buzzard, Canada Geese,

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