Harbour Update – posted 08/04/17

Today was another scorcher of a day, well in early spring terms it was. With conditions like these many migrants will be just going ‘straight over the top’ and arriving at breeding grounds across the country in good time. What us south coast watchers really want is rain and yuk and this time of year, bring birds down to view. Although from the birds point of view, these conditions are perfect and just the great start to the breeding season they deserve having made a long and dangerous journey north. We are however still only in early April and with the rest of the month and May to go, we haven’t given up on at least a few good spring bird days occurring. Today at Lytchett Fields a few waders were dropping in with 80+ Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Dunlin along with an unseasonable Avocet and the springs first Whimbrel out in the bay as well as 3 Egyptian Geese which flew through the bay and another Osprey drifted low over Slough Lane carrying a fish. The Green-winged Teal was also still on Lytchett Fields. There was also some good coverage at Swineham where there were still 2 Little Ringed Plover on the Swineham Flood, the 1stReed Warbler of the spring near Redcliff, 2 Swallow through, up to 16 Cetti’s Warbler along the river, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 singing Blackcap, 1 Marsh Harrier and up to 8 Chiffchaff.

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