Friday 19th April: Tree Pipit

It was another exciting day of migrant action today on the Patch. The floods have been somewhat low key over the last few days and today was no exception: the Godwit flock, comprising 20 odd BLACK-TAILED GODWIT and the single BAR-TAILED GODWIT were still about, there was a single COMMON SANDPIPER,  a couple of LITTLE RINGED PLOVER and a few YELLOW WAGTAILS but I rather feel that now we're waiting for something a little bit special to put in an appearance there to take things up a gear. 

On the other hand Burgess Field, which for much of the year is frankly rather boring, is currently where all the action is. Thankfully the wind had dropped today so it was much easier to pick stuff up in the hedges and once again there were plenty of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs moving through and several Whitethroats dotted about the place now. I couldn't find my Redstart over in the West Field but this was more than compensated for where in the Triangle Field in just one 50 yards of hawthorn hedge, Tom Wickens, Liam Langley and myself managed to find two REDSTARTS, a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER that actually showed itself and to cap it all a wonderful TREE PIPIT that allowed quite close approach. Tree Pipit is certainly less than annual on the Patch and in fact I've only once before seen one as a calling fly-over so this was a wonderful find. An added bonus was that Andrew Clark reported a WHINCHAT over in the south east corner though a subsequent search failed to find it.

The Tree Pipit

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