Friday, 2 May 2014

Patch perfect

Thursdays rain has made Prestwick Carr just right for passage migrants. All the ditches are full and lots of flash water lying. GB texted me yesterday saying he had two Yellow Wagtails, two Whimbrel and a Black tailed Godwit. I couldn't get there till late and couldn't find any of the aforementioned however did find a Common Sandpiper and three Wheatear so with hope in heart it was up at sparrowfart this morning and out to see what I could find. With a backing track of Willow, Sedge and Grasshopper Warblers, Whitethroat, Curlew, Skylark and Lapwing it was a beautiful way to start another day. Black tailed Godwit was first on the large flash above viewable from the main road. Also 4 Greylag geese and a Roe deer in the pic.
The horse paddocks unusually held little other than this female Wheatear on the same spot she was last night and a couple of Pied Wagtails and loafing male Mallards. Further up the bridleway two male Wheatears perched on a sunlit fence line but all too distant for the lens. A Whimbrel called from the sheep fields to the north and overhead two Shelduck brought the pc list to 89 for the year. A late Fieldfare was flushed from the same spot for the second day running along with a pair of Grey Partridge and despite not finding the Yellow Wags a good prospect for the weekend.

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