Saturday, 18 April 2015

Few Migrants!

With the NE wind still blasting across the peninsular I gave the sea watch a miss, instead I parked at Springfield Bridge and walked to Dengemarsh Hide. En route I checked the Hayfields which were disappointing, 3 Dunlin and 2 Swallows being the only birds of note. I joined PW in the hide where there was no sign of yesterdays Black-winged Stilts, but 5 Garganey were still present and a Bittern was booming. We had a look at the other Hayfields where a smart Yellow Wagtail and several singing Sedge Warblers were notable. I visited Pigwell where 6 Avocets could be seen. At Scotney the drake Scaup was looking very smart, a Brent Goose and Barnacle Goose were on the turf, 10+ Yellow Wagtails were by the farm. 
Drake Scaup Scotney
 While looking for the elusive Wryneck a Stoat appeared  from a Rabbit burrow.

Eventually the Wryneck gave its self up,
1 of 3 Whimbrel which flew in early evening and landed by the Crow trap.
A leucistic Linnet at the south end of the ARC
This evening there were plenty of Swallows and Sand Martins on New Diggings but no rumpers! 

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