Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Osprey and Waders

A trip up to the lakes yesterday produced fine views of an osprey carrying a fish, five common sandpipers and three greenshanks. A brief glimpse of three gulls disappearing behind a slight rise was probably that of black-headed as some had been reported recently but there was no sign of any whiskered terns which had also been seen there. A couple of migrating whinchats were perched on a fence wire and whitethroats were plentiful.
Back at La Poterie, a male common redstart has been a colourful visitor to the garden but the nearby nightingale seems to have stopped singing; a cuckoo has been calling incessantly all week however.
On the nearby plains the occasional wheatear and whinchat are still passing through and corn buntings are singing get determinedly.

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