Dan filling in for Jon here. Hello!
Didn't put much work in on the estuary side of the ARA (Aldcliffe recording area!). If any fellow 'parishioners' have noted owt else over the weekend please add a comment, or alternatively, e-mail your records to me via email@example.com and I'll stick them up.
The dainty Ross's goose and barnacle goose were still hanging out with c.600 pink-footed geese this weekend.
The two whooper swans are still on the marsh too. No sign of the gadwalls or any black-tailed godwits today.
Three chiffchaffs and six scramblers in song in Freeman's Wood. Tufties and 12 roosting redshank Freeman's Pools.
A flock of thirteen skylarks was in the stubble field.
Paid a bit more attention to the inland side of the patch today and found a stonechat, a flock of 45 off-passage meadow pipits and 11 Redwing in the S/E corner of the area. See map!
The boggier areas of Fairfield produced 50 more feeding meadow pipits, a few common snipe and first patch wheatear of the year. A little owl and a siskin were near Pony Wood.
A common buzzard was soaring overhead- an increasingly familiar sight round here.
A few migrating curlews with 22+11+4+3 noted heading north mid-afternoon.
Just OOA (out of Aldcliffe)- 4 little egrets on Colloway Marsh.