Monday, 26 April 2021

Spring Migrants and Chilling Easterly Winds.

A pair of Garganey was seen on the main lake at Stodmarsh on Saturday (24th) always distant but great to get a male and female together. 

A solitary Whimbrel flying over the lake towards the river was a year tick as were 2 Greenshank. Whilst hanging around on the Lampern Wall, two Cuckoo's were seen, these being my first of the spring in the Stour Valley. A Bittern made a short flight behind the Cormorant trees. There were 8 Common Terns back on the Tern raft, several Marsh Harriers nest building in the reed beds and restless ducks on the lake kept me alert with the camera. 

Common Tern.

Marsh Harrier.

Tufted Duck.

Another year tick today (26th) in the shape of 5 Ring Ouzels seen at Chislet before the bitterly easterly wind got the better of me forcing an early retirement and back to the sanctuary of the car.

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