Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Decent start to April!

Headed out to the patch on Saturday, hoping to catch up with a few migrants and ended up having one of our best days of the year so far...

Up first was the north pool at Chevington, where it was quiet except for a single female Scaup and a few Sand Martin. However, a Bittern suddenly appeared flying into the SW corner where it sat for a few minutes, giving great scope views as it was dive-bombed by Black-headed Gulls. At the burn mouth 3 Velvet Scoters were still on the sea while 2 White Wagtails and a 30 Twite fed on the beach, a a male Marsh Harrier hunted the reeds.

Druridge Pools also provided a great selection of birds with the Great White Egret and Eurasian White-fronted Goose still around and a single Water Pipit showing well in front of the screen. New in was a smart drake Garganey, a singing Willow Warbler and a White Wagtail. A northwards passage of hirundines included our first two Swallows of the year and a dozen Sand Martins.

PWC 2017
Species: 118
Points: 155

Bittern - video best viewed in HD at 720p/1080p

Water Pipit - video best viewed in HD at 720p/1080p

Great White Egret - video best viewed in HD at 720p/1080p

A slightly scary looking Reed Bunting!

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