Tuesday, 22 April 2008

More migrants

Post-work circuit and a few bits to report.
A common sandpiper and 2 teal were on Freeman's Pools.
Lesser whitethroat still on the upper path.
2 wheatear were on the marsh.
A pair of green sandpiper were on the Wildfowlers' Pools as were 5 black-tailed godwit and 3 teal.
The tufted duck trio have been hiding on the Wildfowlers' Pools for a few days, as have the gadwall pair, but tonight they took a visit to Darter Pool where they were hastily encouraged to reconsider by the resident father-to-be coot. They headed back to Freeman's Pools pretty sharpish.

A quick visit this morning (7.05am-8am) revealed the following:
Pair common whitethroat near Reedy Corner.
Single lesser whitethroat on the upper path.
Tons of willow warblers around singing from everywhere, 2 pairs of silent feeding blackcap in Freeman's Wood.
Little egret on Frog Pond.
Little grebe on Darter Pool.
Light vis (swallow, sand martin, mipit)

Followed by my daily pre-work jaunt to Morecambe Stone Jetty where the vis was far more notable. Steady flow of swallow, sand martin, meadow pipits plus linnet (9), 'alba' wagtail (1) & goldfinch.
Pair whimbrel on the Jetty rocks and adjacent beach area.
Numbers of Arctic tern moving through - I saw 2 distant-ish groups of 15 & 12
Handful of eider, 13 GC grebe etc offshore.

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