It's been fairly busy on the patch since the 6th, Stuart found another Redstart at the waterworks, My Sibe Chiffy has been singing and showing well around the entrance bridge, I managed to hear it call for the first time too, and get better photos.
There have been wheatears and hirundines moving through, But not in huge numbers yet, The sandmartins at the SW corner of Lockwood are on territory already, I've had two white wagtails in the past week, and I know Pete L has had at least two also
I also came across this stunning intermedius Lesser Black Back on the east warwick on the 10th, a fairly uncommon bird on the patch.,Such saturated orangey yellow bill and legs and striking posture really gets me going!
Intermedius Lesser Black backed Gull
Today was a good day on the patch, whilst paul and I were waiting in the traffic queue on ferry lane, I spotted a Short Eared Owl from the car window, It was high and drifted ENE, good bird to get in spring.
When we were up on Lockwood, we joined Mike M, and had our first Yellow wags fly over, Also flyovers were a Rook, 2 Barnacle Geese, (another single barncle goose flew over the car earlier with 2 candadas, so there's three about!) and a single Jackdaw, all North (ish)
A Coal Tit Called briefly from the allotment, where I had one singing, calling and showing niecly a couple of days before. Later that day I went on to see a Low Red Kite, 2 Wheatear and at 7pm over the marsh, The third Osprey of the spring for me, It drifted NE up the Leabrige road.
Greylag...liked the shot
Back to today and about midday, we started getting a few large Raptors over, a Redkite and a fewBuzzards were drifting about, we then had our first common Whtetroat of the year, which was my 100th bird for the patch so far this year.
Then whilst listening to a distant sedge warbler, Paul shouted "Sandwich Tern!" Five sandwich terns came in low and circled the west warwick and then left within about a minute, we were very lucky to catch them!!
Sandwich Tern record shots