Friday 1st March

I wasn't able to get down to the Meadow this evening as I'm feeling rather under the weather. Fortunately Badger, Andy Last, Mark Merrit and the Wickster paid a visit where between them they found a good selection of waders today. Topping the bill was a CURLEW (the first of the year and never an easy bird to get on the Patch) together with a supporting cast of two OYSTERCATCHERS and 6 DUNLIN. On the duck front five of the SHELDUCK put in an appearance and there were 10 roosting GOOSANDER tonight. In the gull roost unfortunately Gary the Glaucous Gull (he's been around long enough now for me to have to name him) decided not to come in though there were a couple of YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (adult & 3rd winter) by way of compensation. To round things off the Jericho RED KITE put in an appearance.

The two Oystercatchers (c) Badger

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