Monday 15th April

Another day of excellent spring passage with a good variety of waders to admire: the BAR-TAILED GODWIT was still about but was joined by a flock of about 20 BLACK-TAILED GODWIT cousins. There were 4 REDSHANK looking very smart in their summer plumage and they had an accompanying cousin in the form of the first GREENSHANK of the year. Just to show how quickly things are changing at the moment, when I visited late afternoon there were 2 Dunlin and no Ringed Plover. About an hour later when Liam Langley dropped in there were 8 DUNLIN and 6 RINGED PLOVER.

Other sightings included all three Hirundine species in modest numbers, a single YELLOW WAGTAIL and along the Castle Mill Stream there were a couple of WILLOW WARBLERS (new for the patch year list) - in addition Tom Evans had a couple of this species in the Trap Grounds.

Some of yesterday's Black-tailed Godwits

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