Saturday, 9 April 2016

Back to normal...

A last look at the patch this morning before the end of the school holiday...

At Druridge Pools an influx of Black-headed Gulls was extremely obvious and also contained 10 Mediterranean Gulls (3 very smart adults, 3 second-summers and 4 first-summers). 3 Pintail remained on the Budge Fields with 3 Wheatears in the dunes.

At Chevington there were 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on the north pool with a couple of hundred more BHGs and a single female Red-breasted Merganser. 3 Marsh Harriers (two males and a female) were circling over the south pool with 3 Buzzards. 3 Willow Warblers were my first of the year.

The Long-billed Dowitcher at Cresswell Pond is starting to look very smart, well on the way to achieving summer pluamge. Also around the pool were 3 Avocets, a Little Egret, a Ruff, 2 Wheatear and a White Wagtail.

PWC 2016
Species: 120
Points: 149

Female Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard
Female Marsh Harrier again

Male Marsh Harrier

Long-billed Dowitcher
Mediterranean Gulls

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