Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Bits and Pieces

A complete reversal of yesterdays wet miserable conditions this morning. Round the point this morning bright sunshine and a chill breeze produced only 1 Willow Warbler at West beach, where a male and female Black Redstart hunted insects for there brood nearby. The only other migrants were 8 Swallows coming in low over the beach. 
 At the south end on the ARC many Swifts, House Martins and Swallows and also over New Diggings.
A walk up to the Pines saw 3 Hobbies including the one below in the Sallows, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers were singing and a couple of Cuckoo's were chasing each other also the obligatory Marsh Harriers over the tower pits.
Early afternoon another Hobby and Cuckoo over the entrance track and still many Swifts with fewer Hirundines from Dennis's Hide. Also from the hide a Tree Sparrow, 1 Sandwich Tern, and 6+ Common Terns and a Little Egret.
Late afternoon a walk along The Midrips in the drizzle saw 2+ Wheatear, 6 Meadow Pipits, 4 Reed Buntings, another Cuckoo, 6 Avocet, 12 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Grey Plover, 3 Turnstone, 12 Oystercatcher, 8 Ringed Plovers, 2 Lapwing, c15 Redshank, c40 Shelduck, 4 Mediterranean Gulls over, 2 Sandwich Terns over with many more off shore and many more Swifts over the pools.

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