Tuesday 14th April

It was another good day on the Patch. Pride of place goes to a CETTI'S WARBLER that Mary MacDougall found though I'm not going to be specific about its location on the off chance that it might breed. This species was last seen on the Patch several years ago when a singing male stayed for a couple of weeks so it's a very good record and indicative of the recovery of this species which was all but wiped out in the county during the harsh winters of a few years ago.

Also worthy of note was the first COMMON TERN of the year that Steve Lavington found on the river.  A flock of five BLACK-TAILED GODWITS dropped in mid morning on the floods and stayed for the rest of the day. This species is a regular visitor to the floods but it was still great to see them. Apart from that there were 2 OYSTERCATCHERS still, just a single SHELDUCK, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER and 1 DUNLIN on the floods. There were lots of WILLOW WARBLERS singing away on Burgess Field today as well.

A rather distant shot of the five Black-tailed Godwits

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