Wednesday, 18 March 2009

A Pig of a Site!

A Wisp of Snipe
Soaring Sparrowhawk
Comma (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Touchy-feely Small Tortoiseshells

Mute Swan (c) 2009 Aileen Urquhart
Golden Plover (c) Aileen Urquhart
Robin (c) 2009 Aileen Urquhart

Another beautiful day - must be the final one this year, as if the last couple of years are anything to go by, we've had our allocation of nice days for this summer! In 6 years this was our first ever visit to this location, and was heartily approved by both sessions. We bumped into Garry Taylor of Spurn website fame - he'd seen a Kingfisher and pointed out 13 Ruff for us. Also present were more than 30 Snipe (pm only), about the same number of Golden Plover - some getting their black summer bellies; Lapwing, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Redshank, Curlew (3), Mistle Thrush, Red-legged Partridge, Pied Wagtail and briefly in the afternoon a Little Egret, a single Ringed Plover and a soaring Sparrowhawk. We had at least 7 different Small Tortoiseshells - two of whom were getting amorous - and our first Comma of the year! Garry informed us that this location improves during April and May for waders, so the other classes may have better birds, so don't tell the Wednesday crowd!

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