Birding at Willington GP

Over the summer holidays, I spent a day birding at Willington Gravel Pits in the hope of seeing Green Sandpipers.  We saw two birds from the first viewpoint.  They were my first Green Sandpipers so they were really pleasing to see.

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From the hide, there were lots of species visible.  The highlight was my first Water Rail of the year which was showing really well and was later joined by another bird.  The reason they were proving to be so visible was that an American Mink was in the reedbed which we saw swimming out twice.  There was a Hobby circling over the distant trees and we also saw Sand Martins, Sedge Warblers, a very good view of a Snipe and a Kingfisher which were all nice to see.
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