It's been a great couple of days on the Patch: the floods are nice and large now and the whole area is absolutely heaving with birds. In fact I'm finding that when I arrive (currently at around 3:30 pm) I feel that I don't have enough daylight really to do justice to all the birds and I have hurriedly to look through all the ducks and waders before moving on to the gulls as the light starts to fade. Over the last couple of days we've actually had some waders to look at with four REDSHANK, a BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, four DUNLIN and at least 21 SNIPE (counted by James Every when they all flushed on one occasion). In addition there have been a good couple of hundred Lapwing and at last we're starting to get some decent Golden Plover flocks with a count of several hundred on Friday. On the duck front as well as the vast numbers of Wigeon, Mallard and Teal we're starting to get some other species in with four PINTAIL and four SHOVELER on Thursday. On the gull front there have been good counts coming in to roost with a few YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS each evening making up the highlights. So all in all the Meadow is back to its birdy best!
|Lapwing (obviously not taken recently in our current murky conditions!)