Scotney - warm, dry and sunny, light airs - It has been the best spring since I`ve lived down here for Garganeys with small flocks regularly noted on seawatches this month and a scattering of birds on local wetlands. Today was no different with a smart drake on the main roadside lake amongst the Wigeon, Gadwall and Teal and another one on the first lake past the farm. Outback two Avocets were on the island lake plus my first Little Ringed Plover of spring. Also noted, Peregrine and Raven on the pylons, four Buzzards, four Redshanks, two Curlews and 20 Mediterranean Gulls. Passerines were few and far between though with only a handful of singing Skylarks and a pair of Tree Sparrows by the farm house of note.
A pit stop at the bird reserve revealed a pair each of Garganey and Glossy Ibis on Cook`s Pool with five more Garganeys reported on Dengemarsh (MC). At the southern end of ARC a mixed flock of 10 egrets were feeding just out from the causeway road.