Wednesday 4th April

First thing this morning I popped in to St. Sepulchre's cemetery on Walton Street. The patch year list is still missing goldcrest and this seemed a likely spot. For those who've not visited, it's a lovely place with a wonderfully peaceful and run-down feel to it. There was evidence that someone had been at work there with a host of bird nest boxes having been installed since I last visited. Unfortunately I couldn't find any goldcrests though a party of three bullfinches was a nice consolation.

My late afternoon visit to the Meadow coincided with several showers and a brisk wind so I didn't stay too long. It was very much the same birds as of late with 3 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, the 2 OYSTERCATCHERS, the RUFF and a huge flock of flighty golden plover (1000+). Interestingly I couldn't see the redshank anywhere and the ruff was only seen in flight so they may have all been hiding somewhere out of the wind. Gadwall numbers had increased to about a dozen and the last two PINTAIL were still about. A STOCK DOVE flew over, the nuthatch was calling in the usual place and the RED KITE was about as usual.

A grey heron has been frequenting the gardens of Walton Manor of late: I heard it this morning whilst topping up the bird feeders and a neighbour across the road said that she'd seen it on several occasions checking out the ponds on her side.

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