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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Mixed Bag at Marsh Lane



With a rather "doubtful" weather forecast again, I decided to head towards Marsh Lane Reserve, where the hides are close enough to be able to dodge the showers. Arriving at 0645 I headed for the car park hide where a male Wheatear posed on the fence at the side of the hide. Unfortunately, the light was poor and I couldn't get a fast enough speed to avoid camera shake! All of the expected bird species were present, but no sign of the Little Gulls from yesterday, or indeed any passage Terns. Two year ticks were obtained in the form of a Sedge Warbler and c12 Swifts. A full list of sightings can be found at the end of this post.


Wheatear


Great Crested Grebe



Blue Tit


Linnet



Gadwall







Black meets White




Bullfinch



Common Tern




Dabchick



Redshank


Ringed Plover



Willow Warbler



Record shot of my first Swift of the year!



Todays Sightings:

Song Thrush; Blackcap; Wood Pigeon; Lapwing; Black Headed Gull; Chiffchaff; Wren; Wheatear; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Shelduck; Canada Goose; Redshank; Coot; Oystercatcher; Greylag Goose; Mute Swan; Gadwall; Teal; Little Ringed Plover; Great Crested Grebe; Common Tern; Pheasant; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Rook; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Reed Warbler; Reed Bunting; LBB Gull; Dabchick; Ringed Plover; Black Swan; Moorhen; P; Willow Warbler; Swallow; Magpie; Stock Dove; Dunnock; Bullfinch; Great Tit; Linnet; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Sedge Warbler; Greenfinch; Treecreeper; Skylark; Swift; Buzzard; Sand Martin; Jay; Kestrel.


2 comments:

kirstallcreatures said...

Ive yet to see my first Wheatear of the year, but have followed their growing appearance on the blogs with interest the Gadwall and Willow Warbler shots are lovely

Kevin Groocock said...

Thanks for leaving a comment, it is appreciated. Wheatear are moving through in good numbers at the moment so hopefully you will touch base soon.