Sunday, 28 April 2013

Few Migrants

Early morning with King Squacco at Scotney where the Long Tailed Duck was in its favourite pose but little else to be seen. Next stop The Midrips where as soon as we got out the car a Merlin and a Marsh Harrier flew over, a pair of Garganey flew west along the shore but there were no Terns off shore. On the grassy areas 8+ Wheatears and a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mediterranean Gulls flew west and on the pools a singles of Avocet and Greenshank, 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Bar Tailed Godwits, 8 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover and 10+ Redshank. A drive down Galloways found 6+ Wheatears, a Stonechat and a few Meadow Pipits. Dengemarsh Gully was disappointing with just a Wheatear and a Peregrine. 
Long Tailed Blob
 An evening walk from Springfield Bridge to Hookers Pit and back found  of note 21 Whimbrel on Dengemarsh flood with another 11 on Hayfield 3, where there was c20 Dunlin and c12 Ringed Plover and a drake Garganey. Near Hookers a party of 8 Yellow Wagtails, the Bittern booming, the ever present Marsh Harriers and good numbers of Sedge and Reed Warblers singing despite the cold wind.
A Montagu's Harrier flew west through the ranges at c19.00hrs per OL.

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