Nestled at the Eastern end of the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve (the end nearest the viaduct and Haversham road car park). The Stilt pits are so called due to the excellent arrival of a pair of Black-Winged Stilts in spring 2016 (the best bird to use the pits so far, and the first exciting birds on the pit).
Currently housing one hide (the Viaduct hide) marked as a red square on the map below. it can be viewed from the hide or surrounding paths
Introducing the Patch – Stilt Pits
At the time of writing the Stilt Pits are the premiere wader site in Milton Keynes, in the summer and autumn lots of small muddy islands appear offering great nesting locations for the waterbirds, waders and terns, in the winter the area is mainly under water and its a great location for ducks and geese.
|The Black-winged Stilts where the pits get their name|
The surrounding paths, are edged with thick scrub and often hold Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits through the winter, and have held some stunning Stonechat at times. In the summer months Linnet and Goldfinch can often be found feeding on the seed heads.
|Grey Wagtail on the frozen lakes|
Introducing the Patch – Stilt Pits Map
|Broken Wing the Greylag Goose|
|Black Headed Gull|
|Stonechat at the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve|
|Goosander Flying over Stilt Pits|
|Hobby Hunting over Stilt Pits|
For more in the series see my Introducing The Patch page.
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