21 March 2009

A wand'ring milvus I

The highlight of an afternoon potter round the pools was a second calendar-year Red Kite drifting west at about 14:30. Other predators, periodically upsetting the waterfowl, included the 1st-winter Marsh Harrier and a very obliging Short-eared Owl (that is, very obliging for those who weren't totally oblivious to the fact that it was parading around the third platform, see here). The best of the waders included a ruff and long-staying Greenshank and Spotted Redshank; and the only half-decent passerine migrants were 1 Wheatear, 2-3 Chiffchaff and 20+ Sand Martins.

The afternoon was devoid of LRP, Garganey, Swallow, Nanki-Poos and Yum-Yums,... gutted.

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