Monday 22nd April: Red-legged Partridge

It was another quiet day on the Patch with a chilly breeze and grey conditions making altogether rather bleak. The floods were deserted apart from a single OYSTERCATCHER, a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, the two SHELDUCK still and eight or so YELLOW WAGTAILS with a couple of WHITE WAGTAILS in amongst the Pied Wagtails as well. Along the Castle Mill Stream I managed to hear my first SEDGE WARBLER of the year scratching away but there was little else of note. The highlight of the day was a RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGE found by Tom Evans down by the Trap Grounds. We often manage to get this bird on the Year List though only through occasional encounters such as this and it's by no means a certainty.

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