Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Out & About

Lade - 0700hrs - cool, cloudy, w 3 - Pretty much a repeat of yesterday with a party of 50 Swifts over the willow swamp the only migrants of note. With less wind there was a bit more bird song about this morning, particularly from the main reed bed where the Reed Warblers were `chugging` away, while a Cuckoo looked on sussing out potential clients.
On the botanical front the gorse continues to look spectacular, while the sea campion is carpeting the storm beaches and the first of the prostrate broom flowers are breaking through at last.
Willington, Bedfordshire - A trip up to the old county for magazine articles yielded few birds in blustery wet conditions. However, this wetland site in the Ouse valley did turn up Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher along the river, plus Common Terns and a Little Gull over the main lake.
Warden and Galley Hill, Luton - Didn`t stay for long as it was lashing down by now, but the usual downland Linnets, Yellowhammers and Skylarks noted.
ps: News from back home at Dungeness filtered in throughout the day with the Green-winged Teal once again reported early morning only, this time on Hayfield 1, plus Little Stint on the bird reserve and a Black Kite on Walland Marsh.

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