Thursday, 8 May 2014

4th-8th May

Much time spent online researching the warbler from Saturday so not a huge amount of time in field in recent days. A couple of new patch year ticks in the form of Common Swift - a late arrival this year up here, in addition Alan Priest found a cracking drake Garganey on Summerhouse Lane on 8th and luckily I was nearby at Castle Island so caught up with it just before it flew north into the reedbed at the back of the south pool.

Another drake Garganey was on Cooper's Flash again today (8th) and Lesser Whitethroats have been singing in the Woodhorn Flashes and Spital Burn areas. Encouragingly Grey Partridges have been prominent with at least three pairs around the patch and a single bird.

I also nipped up to take in the Woodchat Shrike at Hemscott Hill found by a visiting birder and a nice addition to the '10km from home list' As I type there's a bit of a heavy downpour on a muggy night, there may well be some waders on local ponds so an evening session may be on the cards.

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