Wednesday 22 April 2020

First Swift

Lade - Lockdown Day 30 - warm, dry and sunny, ne 3 - A much better day weather wise with a slackening of the dreaded north-easterly wind; although the nights remain cold and clear, as testified by only two moths coming to light last night, both Shuttle-shaped Darts.
  At long last a Swift (104) moving fast over north lake went onto the lockdown list, and not before time as plenty have been recorded over Ashford these past few days, plus one pulse of 12 Swallows. More Reed and Sedge Warblers have taken up territories around the wetlands and at least two Cuckoos were noted.
  More wavering flocks of Whimbrels and Bar-tailed Godwits have been on the move today, passing across the peninsula and up the coast, some dropping down onto the bay to pause awhile amongst the Curlews and Oystercatchers. One flock of 15 Bar-wits comprised mostly individuals in brick-red summer plumage, fabulous stuff, but too far out to photograph, so I pulled out a pic from the archives, below.

Three Bar-tailed Godwits, Boulderwall fields, May 2016

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