Thursday, 7 June 2018

5th and 6th June

A glorious couple of days with acres of warm sunshine and light winds which swung round from the NW to the NE through the day on the 5th; we are getting more and more into the breeding season now and in combination with this and the end of the spring there were hardly any migrants to mention with just a selection of waders comprising 156 Ringed Plover, 6 Knot, 50 Sanderling, 19 Dunlin and 77 Bar-tailed Godwits (a large presumably non-breeding flock which looks set to over-summer).

                A handful of migrants were unearthed on the equally sunny 6th including a Woodpigeon, 4 Collared Doves, a Whinchat (only the third of the year!), 3 Chiffchaffs (with a couple of birds holding territory in Holland gardens) and 3 Jackdaws over The Links.   The most interesting sightings though involved a pair of Fieldfares around Gue Park acting very suspiciously and alarming – there has been one around the area for a while now but today was the first day that two have been seen together which raises obvious questions….

Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit

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