Friday 18 March 2016

Spring hits the Patch

The first few Summer migrants have finally reached us! Ian Mc had 2 Wheatears on Bridge Marsh this morning and although not seen again since, Steve Waite later found 2 Green Sands in the same area. I was tied up with conference calls so couldn't get out until mid-afternoon and although I missed the Wheatears and Green Sands, a Goosander on the Estuary and a lone Siskin by the path to Black Hole Marsh were good to see. Siskin used to be so easy on patch; a private site I monitored would have 5-15 on feeders at any one time, and they also bred nearby. I've neglected the site for the last few years so wonder if they are still there.

Here's a couple snaps from BHM this afternoon to bring some colour to this post. Not particularly interesting species, but the Black-tailed Godwit coming into summer plumage is rather striking.

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