Having trailed down to Ham Wall last week for a rare grebe, I have to admit that the two common grebe species in this country are more impressive in appearance. I took advantage of a couple of rare days of sunshine and went to Upton Warren, a reserve about half an hour away, beyond Droitwich. A pair of great crested species appear to be nesting near one of the hides, so I spent a while there.
The grebe pair briefly tantalised those of us in the hide, as they looked like they might do the weed dance – which I would love to see. For a stunning image of this dance, take a look at one by a photographer chum from Blackpool here.
Although I’d gone to look at water birds, I was also captivated by a vocal pair of dunnocks that were flitting around. Every so often they settled on a log pile for a few seconds… so that for an hour I kept kicking myself for missing them, until I got used to their pattern of movements to be able to anticipate what they might do.
Snipe are rather common but elusive waders, and I’m almost embarrassed by the number of photos I have of this one bird… but I like this brief interaction with a vociferous coot. The snipe was unmoved.
And, er, then there was ratty…