Thursday, 6 May 2010

Some sylvan soloing from Sylvia Borin

Afternoon visit . NE 2-4, 7 oktas, dry.

Highlights today included a rather late greenshank being harassed by gulls as it attempted to feed at Marsh Point, from where a more seasonal common sandpiper was heard.

Pick of the passerine migrants was a garden warbler in full song, and a party of four wheatears gnat-catching from the top of a hedge.

I couldn't determine the race of the chats, as they were a way off, and I'd forgotten my ruler!

Common whitethroats were particularly noticeable near the sewage works, with six males in close proximity.

A drake eider was just up from the pylons, and six whimbrel were feeding just downstream. A little-ringed plover flew NE over Freeman's Wood.

Three male and two female orange tip butterflies were at large when the sun peeked through, and just one speckled wood noted.


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