Wednesday 23rd April

It's been a productive few days on the Meadow. The floods have been fairly quiet still with a few RINGED PLOVER and LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, the usual OYSTERCATCHERS and SHELDUCK making up the sightings. Today however there was finally something different with the first COMMON SANDPIPER of the year bobbing away along the North Channel. Finally there have been reasonable numbers of YELLOW WAGTAIL as well with a stonking count of 20 in amongst the Cattle yesterday. In Burgess Field the first GARDEN WARBLER of the year was warbling away by the southern gate yesterday and today the first REED WARBLER of the year was singing in the Trap Grounds reed bed. To add to the year list tally four COMMON TERNS flew through today in the murk.

Perhaps the most interesting bird though was one that sadly got away. On Monday I had a brief glimpse of what looked like a dove with reddish brown upper wings. The chances are that it was a Turtle Dove though I never got a good enough view to be certain and given that it would have been the first on the Meadow since I've been birding it as well as the first in the country this year (only by one day though) I can't in all honesty tick it.

It's nice to have the Swallows back on the Meadow again

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