Thursday 12th May

We're still dealing with the left-overs from Tuesday's mega-fall with a dozen or so GREENSHANK and a few REDSHANK still around as well as 30 or so RINGED PLOVER and 7 DUNLIN. The Wickster reported a BAR-TAILED GODWIT first thing in the morning so that's at least the fourth one of this species we've now had this spring - amazing! The delayed reaction to all the recent rain has meant that the floods have increased even more and the river has overspilled the banks a bit by the boat moorings. So no shortage of ideal habitat to lure in a rare wader or two.

Walking back from my evening visit to the Meadow today I spotted a HOBBY flying around near the railway bridge and Steve Goddard had another (or the same one) being mobbed by Swifts near Leckford Road. That's another year tick and one step closer to my psychological target figure of 130 on the year.

I've still not had a chance to go through all the video footage yet of our wader fall so here's a stocking filler in the form of a Common Field Speedwell, taken in Burgess Field

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