Panorama view of the area from the Manor hill. © György Szimuly
News have been circulating in the local birding mailing list about a nice flock of European Golden Plovers so it was obvious to give it a try to find them. We drove to the Manor Farm Court where I could easily check the nearby wetland from.
The gravel pit-like wetland held a nice number of Northern Lapwings and European Golden Plovers. They were continuously chased and scared by Carrion Crows made counting challenging. I had no much time to count all the birds but I have a picture of what birds are using the area.
Flock of Northern Lapwings. © György Szimuly
Flock of European Golden Plovers. © György Szimuly
Old Wolverton gravel pits. © György Szimuly
Northern Lapwing 590
European Golden Plover 225 (137 based on the grounded birds)
On the lake Mute Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Showeler, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Great Cormorant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Common Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull was also present.
Over the trees edging the lake 12 Barn Swallows moved to SW direction.
A local birder, Bill Parker, who read my post on the local mailing list, started to count the number of golden plovers visible on the image I posted. The flock apparently larger than the number of plovers counted on the ground. I had no time to sum up the flying birds based on the image at the time of posting this blog but I could do it later on. Here is the method and the result.