Sunday, 22 March 2009

Late afternoon visit

Continued domestic chores only allowed for a couple of hours on the patch this afternoon.
The little-ringed plover pair were still at The Flood though just 3 pied wags and a handful of meadow pipit remain.
At least 700 pinkfeet were unhelpfully spread over Aldcliffe Marsh - all at a distance and many feeding and/or resting on the troughs meaning that a thorough check was not only difficult but thanks to the relentless wind, also rather unpleasant. Needless to say, I couldn't find anything else amongst them.
Little egrets were seen on Frog Pond, the marsh and 2 were on Bank Pool.
Green sandpipers were at the Wildfowlers' and Freeman's Pools.
9 gadwall now at Freeman's Pools as well as the usual little grebes, tufted ducks, drake shoveler etc.
The Freeman's Wood kestrel (male) was busy hunting all over the place.
Lots of stuff pairing up all over the place, it'll be interesting to see what happens this coming week with the decidedly 'un-springlike' weather on its way...

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