Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Knot what we Wanted
A lengthy vigil for osprey from Marsh Point was a bit osprey-less, even with back-up from eagle-eyed health professional Guy McC.
However, thirty black-tailed godwits and a few knot were roosting beside the Point.
Knot are pretty scarce this far up the estuary. Probably moreso than migrating raptors, irrespective of this session's blank!
A trickle of hirundines was about it for passage, with about 40 swallows and 12 sand martins seen heading north.
Two little ringed plovers were at Freeman's Pools for a while, as were three pairs of shelduck and a little egret.
Forty-five linnets were foraging on the stubble fields, keeping company with four pairs of lapwing and two singing skylarks.
Guy's water rail was a good record for April.
Three or four willow warblers, two blackcaps and seven chiffchaffs were more seasonal. But no wheatears were to be found.