Saturday, 10 May 2008

Hard work for few birds

Had a lengthy slog around this morning but not too much to report.
Freeman's Wood - 2 singing whitethroat and a sedge warbler plus plenty of common stuff in song
Freeman's Pools - Very quiet with just 2 pairs coot, an oystercatcher and lapwing pair on the island. Couple of moorhen, 3 greylag and a Canada goose were also present.
Wildfowlers' Pools - Single black-tailed godwit and pair of shoveler.
Cycle track (from F Wood to Stodday) - 4 lesser whitethroat & 4 common whitethroat. Female whinchat (in the hedge where gropper was last year).
A raven was chasing a kestrel, which had a rodent in its talons, over the marsh.
Looks like all the lapwing are having a crack at relaying in the maize fields after having their nests/eggs/young ploughed over in the past couple of days.

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