ARC - 1300hrs - Had a look at ARC with MH this afternoon. From the causeway road a Great White Egret on New Diggings, while in front of Screen hide a pair of Great Crested Grebes briefly performed the weed dance before returning to nest building in the reedbed. Four redhead Smews and Goldeneyes noted amongst the few remaining ducks. From Hanson a few more Smew and Goldeneye plus a pair of Peregrines high over the lake, stooping and talon-grappling one another was most impressive.
"He keeps dragging me out here on this stony wasteland where there ain`t no rabbits to chase. Now, where are those damm Wheatears he keeps searching for?"
Around mid-day a couple of Wheatears (143) were found by PB near the lifeboat station, which were eventually relocated opposite Jarman`s where they showed well, perched on concrete blocks and old winches as they do, to a small crowd of rarity-starved locals. True harbingers of spring are White-arses and let`s hope there are plenty more to come.
NB: Also reported this morning was a Red Kite over St Mary`s-in-the-Marsh heading north (CP).