Sunday 10th March: More Avocets

Yesterday's five AVOCETS were still around and in fact today were joined by a sixth bird at around midday today. Wader numbers continued to improve with a supporting cast of 6 REDSHANK, 2 OYSTERCATCHERS, 3 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, 9 DUNLIN, 5 RINGED PLOVER and around 100 Golden Plover. To add to the spring theme, the first Sand Martins were seen at Farmoor yesterday though this cold snap must be a bit of a shock to them. With this sudden return to winter all these birds may decide to delay their push northwards and instead linger at the Meadow for a while in what are perfect condition for waders

Avocet in flight (c) The Early Birder

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