Friday, 23 April 2010

Crikey, lots can happen in a week and its amazing what a change in the weather can do. Bit of a manic week with 4 early morning of surveys but it has been worth it.

Last weekend was a whistle-stop family trip down to Dorset that provided some new spring migrants. Warm weather on Saturday had 10+ buzzards and at least 3 sparrowhawks over the garden during the afternoon. A trip to Arne on Sunday morning was good with loads of hirundines moving south, 10 whimbrel and a brief singing gropper. Apart from a new reception building and trail, not much had changed since I last visited over 10 years ago!

With all the new birds arriving during the week, the yearlist has gone through the 150 barrier with greenshank (153) on the saltmarsh today. Other highlights from the week were 2 turtle doves in the dunes, cuckoo at Thornham Point and 2 swifts over today. Best bird of the week was a stunning male Montagu's harrier over east yesterday afternoon. The bird was over the reedbed before quickly gaining height and heading off east.

3 robin young fledged earlier in the week and the great tits are incubating. Blue tits have been checking the other box so hopefully they might do something.

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