Thursday, 22 March 2012

Clear and bright (8:am-9:30am)

This morning two Little Egrets were present,one on the scrape and the other along the river.The latter bird was in the company of (1) Curlew (2) Oystercatcher (6) Shelduck (2) Redshank (4) Herring Gulls and (22) B H Gulls.In the scrape area (Southern Field) Shoveler numbered (2) Gadwall (2) Teal (20) Mallard (10) Snipe (8) Grey Heron (2) Lapwing (6) Coot (6) Pheasant (12) and Moorhen (8).Eleven Canada Geese flew over from north to south and (2) Water Rails called from the reed bed along with a third bird from the dyke which runs partway round the Northern Field.Chiffchaffs numbered (4) in song and Cetti`s Warbler (3).

LITTLE GREBE was added to the months total when I heard one trilling whilst I was looking at the scrape in the Southern Field (64).Still no summer visitors apart from Chiffchaff.

I also saw an interesting (ringed) Chiffchaff (which is not one of mine).It looks as if it could be one of the Northern or Eastern type birds.The rump looks quite brown though,which is unusual in itself and it appears to show a slight wing bar on the greater coverts which Eastern birds have.
It may well be a bird that has wintered here.Northern birds in the spring which pass through Britain come through much later.

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