Wednesday, 21 March 2012


My weekly 'patch' constitutional added a few new names into the notebook this afternoon. As I headed down the footpath towards the church pool at Woodhorn a Chiffchaff spluttered into song, then stopped, had another go and stopped and eventually managed a few bars before stopping again.
On the flashes five Little Grebe; a pair of Shelduck were new in on the south pool and a 1st-summer Med Gull was also hanging about. Overhead some local racing pigeons alerted me to a high Sparrowhawk by attempting and failing to get above it.

Down on the golf course 2 Short-eared Owls were still around the Ash Lagoons and a male Wheatear was catching flies at the rocks at Beacon Point with another Med Gull, this time a smart adult in full summer best, just a few yards offshore. I left the camera at home so made do with a typically poor Iphonescoped shot of the Wheatear just to brighten the post a smidgen.

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