1st summer Mediterranean GullAnother day of constant strong wind on the peninsular. While making my way to The Patch this morning 2 singing Black Redstarts, 1 at the car park the other behind the hide. while there a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull was over the boil and on the beach along with at least 137 Common Terns. 2 Shelduck flew north and a Guillemot flew west, 30+ Gannets moved east and 15+ Sandwich Terns were off shore.
At the ARC a Bittern was booming in the Water Tower pits, 2 Marsh Harriers and 3 Hobby's were hawking there spooking the 80+ Swifts that were over the lake. In the screen hide the Swallows are sitting tight as is the Reed Warbler nearby.
Hobby about to grab a Dragonfly
By the entrance track to the reserve another Hobby was putting a great display completely unseen by most the day visitors as they rushed to and from the visitor centre. From the centre a Dunlin and a Sanderling could be seen on the islands, on the the new Tern raft the pair of Common Gulls are sitting tight possibly joined by a pair of Oystercatchers but no Terns as yet.
One of the 40+ Swifts over Dengemarsh
Parking at Springfield Bridge this afternoon 3 Marsh Harriers and a Hobby were over the reed bed with 40+ Swifts. At Hayfield 3 a Linnet was bathing by the pump, a Little Egret posed by the gate, 4 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall and 2 Egyptian Geese were in the field.
1 of 5 Lapwing chicks I saw in the Hayfields
A fresh Light Emerald from this mornings meagre catch!