Wednesday 2nd May

My afternoon visit to the Meadow today found the floods even more extended than yesterday, though not by much. Unfortunately yesterday's little gulls had moved on though the WHIMBREL was still about, today accompanied by a nice GREY PLOVER (a Patch Year Tick) moulting into summer plumage. In addition there were a couple of COMMON SANDPIPERS and 9 DUNLIN. The two common terns were still about and were briefly joined by a third though they soon chased it off. I even managed to see the Medley Farm NUTHATCH today which was on a sortie exploring the hawthorn trees along the river just north of the sailing club. With some decent waders now coming through the Meadow is now starting to get back into its more usual form for this time of year.

The grey plover

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