Managed a brief late afternoon trawl (once my decorating duties were completed) which coincided perfectly with the afternoon's only sustained period of rain. It started just as I left the house and finished as I arrived home an hour and a half later, after which the sun came out. Cheers. I'm sure without it however, I wouldn't have added swift to my yearlist!
2m, 1 f pochard on Freeman's Pools (mega!) plus tufted pair and drake shoveler consorting with 2 male mallard.
Approx 40 swallow, 1 house & 1 sand martin feeding over Frog Pond, then 2 swift came in.
40 or so wheatear were by Walled Meadow and adjacent tideline with a female redstart also there.
A pair of skulking lesser whitethroat were by Low Wood paddocks.
Another hefty downpour dropped another 40 swallow, 3 house martin and 12 swift by the Wildfowlers' Pools. 15 black-tailed godwit here today.
Saturday 26th highlights:
2 com. & 1 lesser whitethroat singing at the back of Freeman's Wood plus pair of linnet.
Ald Marsh: skylark, 2 pinkfeet, 1 Arctic tern .
Wildfowlers' Pools: 9 blk-tailed godwit, 1 little egret, pair teal, lesser whitethroat, blackcap.
Another lesser whitethroat by the cycle path.
Snipe Bog: 1 whimbrel.
Grey partridge pair near Walled Meadow.
Friday pm - 2 green sandpipers on the Wildfowlers' Pools