The longer days and the hint of warmer times has helped with the motivation to get out a bit over the last week or two. I've been down at the wetland centre a little bit "working" on the gulls (gawking hopelessly but enjoying the racket) . An adult yellow legged gull that has been reported numerous times has been consistently eluding me.
On Saturday a brief walk west along the edge of estuary from Blennerville was enjoyable despite only adding a skylark to the patch year-list. The usual crew were knocking around: c45 teal, 36 shelduck, c250 brent, 150 bar tailed godwit and around 200 black-tailed godwit, as well as knot, dunlin, curlew, redshank, greenshank, oystercatcher, mallard, snipe, golden plover, grey plover and so on...nothing new but nice all the same. Lapwing are all gone. A peregrine put on a wonderful show - coming in quite close and soaring high before dropping like bomb. Missed this time.
Afterward I had another go at the gulls. Still no michahellis for me though. Dang. A wander down a lane way with some mature gardens and a little woodland produced a few sitters that I'd been missing, including a fine pair of bullfinch (destroying someone's Prunus), coal tit, house sparrow, long-tailed tit, mistle thrush, greenfinch and lesser redpoll. Nicely.
A field of thistles...
Looking forward to the weekend with the promise of new arrivals.
oh...70 sp, 80 points and 57.85%