Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Shrove Tuesday

28/02/2017, Weather , cold, heavy showers , wind N/W 11mph , 

A very soggy mid morning trip to the lighthouse area Provided a good assortment of birds , Even with the poor conditions Skylarks and Greenfinch  were in good voice  Greenfinch numbers totalled 20 around Lingham lane, 
Dunlin murmuration at Dove point
At high tide there was little room on the groyne and embankment for the Waders , A sizable flock of Dunlin put on an excellent display almost in touching distance with a single Knot joining them 

In the paddocks Linnet numbers reached over 40 with a single Skylark mixed in with the flock, with the wet conditions a very bright male Grey Wagtail  was walking near the horses it maybe the same one that has been in the area for the past couple of weeks, 
A 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull being chased by a Black headed Gull
Kerr's flash is rapidly turning into Kerr's lake ,
A single 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull harrased a Redshank into giving up a very large worm then in turn was chased by 4 Black Headed Gull ,
The surprise of the day were 7 Ringed Plover And 2 Dunlin mixed in with the 20 plus Redshank , 
Along the River Birket a pair of Bullfinches were in the trees by St Tudwall house, 

Observers David Haigh and Graham Connolly


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