Saturday, 22 March 2014

More Gulls!

 At The Patch this morning  in the company of DW there was virtually no up channel  movement.
The usual 1w Glaucous Gull was in the roost on the  beach, also a new 1w pale individual  dropped in and was still present when we left at c10.00. A 2w Yellow-legged Gull was also present.
A new very pale 1w Glaucous Gull

 New bird above, usual bird below.

2w Yellow-legged Gull
Opposite Jarmans 6+ Wheatears on the shingle. The Black-throated Diver was still on The New Diggings. The Avocets appear to have left Scotney but may have been disturbed by the farmer along with all the other waders.
This afternoon I parked at Springfield Bridge and wandered around the Hayfields down to Makepiece. The Hayfields are still looking good for spring waders but none present as yet, several Meadow Pipits were feeding around the track and 2+ Marsh Harriers were around. From Makepiece 4 Sand Martins and a red head of Smew of note. It has now been several weeks since I last saw a Bittern which should be booming by now, have they gone or perished?
There will be no firing on the ranges for the whole of April so hopefully The Midrips and Galloways might be productive.

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