Friday, 11 April 2008

House martin & green sandpiper new in

A quick blast round after work turned up a few bits and bobs.
A green sandpiper was showing well on Freeman's Pools (seen earlier too by Dan H). The male little ringed plover was busy displaying to the seemingly ambivalent female. The noisy display flight of this species is always a joy to witness. A wheatear was also here.
Elsewhere a group of 40 or so hirundines around the Wildfowlers' Pools was made up mainly of swallows with a dozen-ish sand martins and a lone house martin - my first of the year. A stunning summer plumaged black-tailed godwit was feeding in the pools.
54 woodpigeon were feeding in the stubble field.
A little egret was feeding in Snipe Bog.
A water rail showed exceptionally well on The Flood.

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