Thursday 24 March 2011

Little Ringed Plover

Lade - 0800hrs - cool, sunny, ne2 - A Corn Bunting flushed by Barney from the storm beaches was new. I only get a handful of records here during the course of a year, even though several pairs nest over by the airport. Seemed to be a few more Mipits and Linnets about this morning. Just the usual ducks on the pit including 2 Goldeneye.
ARC - 1100hrs - A pair of LRP`s at the southern end were the first of the year. Got a soft spot for this plucky little wader, probably from time spent encouraging them to breed at Dunstable sewage works; how they survive is a mystery to me as just about everything predates the chicks. Slav and Black-necked Grebe present on the water but couldn`t find any Smew, so perhaps they`ve finally headed back north. Nothing much over the road apart from Black Redstart and Wheatear. Robin Reliant and Fair Weather Birder were in the visitors centre yarning on about the good-ol-days...
                                          LRP - ARC

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