A great break from revision today to join forces with Luke to pin-point a Herony which I’ve been having suspension about for some time now. Before the hunt began we met up at our joint patch, Bidston Moss NR for a catch before business got under way. The reserve was quiet with Great crested Grebe, Common Shelduck and a record number of Common Reed Bunting present, with the highlight being the discovery of a pair of male Common Grasshopper Warbler reeling away behind the sites main lake.
Elsewhere on site 20c Common Swift joined up with a mixed flock of 50c Barn Swallow, Sand Martin & Common House Martin, with in support a party of 3 Common Sandpiper darting around the lake. Afterwards Luke took me round to the back pools where I was shown his fantastic discovery of a Little Grebe nest, we added this to my work sheet of nests for the site as I’m one of 600c BTO Nest Recorders.
Once we’d wrapped up here we headed over to where I suspected the herony was and after a good hour over rambling through wet meadows, flooded woodland and brambles, Luke and I came to a stand still as we noticed a Grey Heron fly low over head…which led us to a nest. I was only expecting to find one nest, but our team effort meant that we had roughly eight nests, with three-four being active and a few having prehistoric chicks on show.