Saturday 26th March

Our relatively spring-like weather has been blown away by Storm Katie and it was rather wild and woolly out on the Meadow today - still there were some good birds to be found out there so it was worth the effort. Our BRENT GOOSE is still around and seems to have settled in to grazing along the strip of grass between the floods and the river along with the few remaining Greylags which aren't off breeding somewhere. Either the same or a different LITTLE RINGED PLOVER was  around as well, along the North Reach. The OYSTERCATCHER tally has now risen to 7 birds though there was only a single REDSHANK about when I visited today. There was also a single drake PINTAIL in amongst the much diminished duck numbers. The personal highlight for me though was a CURLEW grounded on the North Shore by the rain. As I've said previously, this is actually not such a common bird on the floods and I missed the one a few days ago so it was a personal Patch year tick.

I managed a better photo of the (dark-bellied) Brent Goose today in the gloomy conditions

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