Whooper swans at Carsington Water
Last weekend, we went to Carsington Water. Recently, there has been a lot of hawfinches there, but unfortunately we didn’t see any. In the main hide, we saw a dunlin and a ruff on the shoreline. They were both the first I had seen this year, bringing my year’s total to 140. There was a lot of snipe all lined up on the bank, and I counted about 25 of them. There was a willow tit on the feeders, but less tree sparrows than usual. There has been a new hide built there, and apparently some whooper swans had been seen from there. We went down there and we were lucky enough to see two adults and a youngster at a distance. They were my first whoopers. They are visitors from Greenland and Iceland. We went to the Paul Stanley Hide and saw some more dunlin and some lapwings.