Starting off at the Pec Pit next to Watermead CP North, I noted that at least one Redhead Smew was still around and then I spotted a Jack Snipe feeding on the back shoreline of the pit as it bobbed up and down slowly,Yes!! Year tick no.96!
Moving on to the country park it was pretty quiet on the bird front possibly due to the increase of the mad dog-walkers, model boat enthusiasts and the odd mountain biker. However checking out the water-ski pit which held the same assortment of Ducks, Geese and Swans as usual but scanning the skyline I suddenly noted two large raptors flying over the nearby shopping centre and knew straight away I was watching two Red Kites! Get In!! Year Tick no.97!!!
The Kites slowly circled over the shopping centre and then flew off in the direction of Syston and Beeby.
The Kites were not wing-tagged so possibly there were migrants but I know that a Red Kite has been recorded sporadically in the area for the last couple of years?
Also to put this sighting in context it was only the third time I have seen Red Kite in the valley!
After a quick lunch break it was then down to Wanlip North Lakes and then Cossington Meadows
More to follow in a bit...............................