Saturday, 9 May 2009

Brighter later

Waited for the rain to ease off before making an afternoon visit in the hope that something interesting might have been dropped with it.
The pools were fairly quiet with just the regular sort of stuff: 2 mute swan, 2 Canada geese, 2 shelduck, 6 mallard, 2 tufted duck, 1 little grebe, 1 lapwing, 2 oystercatcher, 1 common sandpiper and a pair of little ringed plover.
Single sand and house martins were amongst the more numerous swallows and swifts.
A common whitethroat was singing near the top viewing area.
At least 2 further com whitethroat were in song along the cycle track, though with the wind dropping tomorrow a more reliable count should be possible.
A single whimbrel was with a couple of curlew on the estuary and 3 wheatear were on the tideline at Snipe Bog.
A raven was upsetting the local carrion crows and the 2 resident male kestrels within the patch boundaries were busy hunting in their respective areas.

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