NNW 2-4, 2 oktas increasing to 7 oktas by midday. Dry.
Late morning visit.
Not many folks get too excited about the humble rook (corvus frugilegus), but here at Aldcliffe we can, and there were eight feeding on and around the maize stubble fields this morning.
These stubble fields were good for other farmland birds today, the best being:
Eleven grey partidges (what a record!)
19 tree sparrows and
2 stock doves.
The flooded wildfowler's pools fields were graced by 3 whooper swans (sadly later frightened off by an enthusiastic off-lead dog.)
Other wildfowl on this temporary lake included a few shoveler, wigeon and teal.
Aldcliffe marsh was dominated by a four-figure lapwing flock and c.300 greylags along with a party of four (presumed escaped) snow geese.
These have recently re-located from the Silverdale saltmarshes and were first seen in the Aldcliffe area by P. Woodruff on the 28th.