Saturday 14th March

It's all kicking off at last! Over the last few days there have been a number of spring migrant sightings to signal the end of the winter period. To start with Dave Doherty had a heard-only RINGED PLOVER on the Meadow on Thursday as well as spotting a couple of DUNLIN. On Friday Erik Sandvig found an AVOCET on the floods late afternoon. This is a great record as this species is certainly less than annual though we were lucky to have on about this time of year last year.

Erik's Avocet
To cap it all, early afternoon today James Evry has the first LITTLE RINGED PLOVER of the year, along with 5 REDSHANK, 2 OYSTERCATCHERS, 8 SHELDUCK and 3 PINTAIL. I visited late afternoon but the LRP had gone and I could only add about 25 Golden Plover to the tally.

The first Wheatears have also now hit the county though strangely enough we've yet to have any Sand Martins. This time of year is always very exciting as we welcome back our summer visitors.

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