onsdag den 16. april 2014


Another glorious, sunny, warm spring day but unlike yesterday it was flat calm; during the early morning we could hear the yodelling of the Long-tailed Ducks drifting across from the sea while going round the nets - brilliant!   34 new birds were caught with 15 Dunnocks and 10 Chiffchaffs making up the majority of the total while a Sparrowhawk bounced out of several nets through the morning.

Other birds seen included 2 Wheatears just down the road, the singing Corn Bunting again, a Great-spotted Woodpecker and a couple of Redshanks high up overhead.   The sea was quiet although 7 Little Gulls were reported off the tip, 40 Mute Swans flew west and a Canada Goose swam east (which may not be a proper migration!).

A walk north up the coast in the afternoon in still lovely conditions produced the highlight of 2 smart male Blue-headed Wagtails with 40 White Wagtails in the same field at Birkemosse, a cracking adult male Merlin carrying his lunch, at least 35 singing Chiffchaffs dotted around and a couple of singing male Blackcaps.

Speckled Wood

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