Saturday, 4 April 2009

Corking querquedulas

The garganey pair flew onto Freeman's Pools at 9.15am (Jeff Butcher saw them come off Bank Pool) and were still present when I left at 10.40am, resting up on the western bank of the main pool. 9 gadwall were still on the pools though I couldn't see the little-ringed plovers on the island, though Jeff saw them there earlier.
Also present in the area were 2 raven (attracting the attention of the local carrion crows), a green sandpiper on the Wildfowlers' Pools and a blackcap singing in Freeman's Wood. A small party of pinkfeet were in the stubble fields.
A good scattering of sand martin were moving through but other than a single meadow pipit there were little other signs of any migration in action though Dan & Steve had had 2 wheatear, a chiffchaff and a goldcrest.
A couple of little egrets were kicking around and I saw my first common toad (alive, that is) of the year! Oh, and now that the stoats are back to 'normal' they seem to delight in showing brilliantly... swines.

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