Friday, 21 March 2014

Little Gulls & House Martins

Blustery winds with occasional sunny periods was ideal for migrants being brought down with good numbers of Wheatear, Meadow Pipit and Sand Martin reported locally. The day started with us looking for the Lawford Heath Landfill Iceland Gull but we dipped and could only find plenty of Buzzards and Chaffinches. Still good numbers of Mute Swan at Bretford but the Cathiron feeders were quiet due to empty feeders. Eventually ended up at Brandon Marsh for lunch then on our walk around the reserve we called in on the Wright hide to be met by Keith who put us on to 2 Little Gull dancing in front of the hide with 15+ Sand Martin and a single House Martin overhead. By the time we got to newlands Sand Martins increased to 25+ though 100+ were reported earlier. Other sightings included 3 Buzzard, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Jay.

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