Sunday 5 May 2019

Turtle Dove

                               Hail shower over the bay

Lade - cold, sunny, NW 3 - A lousy weekend of weather with a blasting wind out of the north and tumbling temperatures. With unsuitable seawatching conditions and people everywhere we stuck mostly to the local patch surveying the breeding birds and moving on illegal Bank Holiday fishermen from around the lakes and willow swamp; its odd how they seem unable to interpret a simple sign like `No Fishing`, and why do most of them leave their rubbish for someone else to clear up?
  Anyhow, on the migrant front things were a little more encouraging today with our first Turtle Dove sighting in over five years, inadvertently flushed from cover whilst checking out a mixed flock of 50 Swallows, Swifts and House Martins over north lake. Also noted there a Common Sandpiper and two Yellow Wagtails around the margins, plus 10 Red Knots on the bay.

                               Barwits on Burrowes

  En-route to the allotment late morning and more Swifts and hirundines were noted over the causeway road by ARC. On the way home I called in at the VC where the following waders were on Burrowes: 100 Barwits, two Whimbrels, Ringed Plover, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Turnstone and Common Sandpiper.
  Several birders have asked after Barney`s health of late and I`m pleased to report that he`s in fine fettle, but is due to have a few teeth out next week.

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