Ouse Washes revisited

Juvenile Black-winged Stilts (with Lapwing), Ouse Washes

Over the years I have seen some notable birds at the Ouse Washes, including Blue-winged Teal, Greater Yellowlegs, multiple Red-footed Falcons and Northern Harrier. More importantly, the site invariably hosts an impressive number and variety of birds.

Yesterday was no exception. In addition to the family of Black-winged Stilts, amongst other waders there were Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Ruffs and a migrant Wood Sandpiper. A Whooper Swan seemed unseasonal this far south, whilst a fresh juvenile Cuckoo ‘hiding’ on the track seemed unsure of its environment.

Amongst the butterflies, it was pleasing to see a small colony of Wall near the pumping station: we lost this species from Rutland over a decade ago.

Wall, Ouse Washes


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