Introducing the Patch – Stilt Pits

Introducing the Patch - Stilt Pits - Stonechat
Introducing the Patch – Stilt Pits

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 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
Grey Wagtail on the frozen lakes

 

Introducing the Patch – Stilt Pits Map

 

Other Photos

Broken Wing
Broken Wing

 

Broken Wing the Greylag Goose
Broken Wing the Greylag Goose

 

Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull

 

Stonechat at the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve
Stonechat at the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

 

Goosander Flying over Stilt Pits
Goosander Flying over Stilt Pits
Hobby Hunting over Stilt Pits
Hobby Hunting over Stilt Pits

 

For more in the series see my Introducing The Patch page.

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