Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Cuckoo and Fog horns

A late morning start and myself and Lee headed to Boyton marshes part in hope to relocate the Black-winged Stilts and part in search of migrants. A Cuckoo greeted us as we left the car park and a little drizzle was more of an annoyance than anything. A fog horn indicated to a misty sea and indeed viability was less than a mile. A welcome sight was 9+ Avocet chicks running around, with the adults chasing everything off including a male Yellow Wagtail. The Lapwing also had 3 young none of which seemed phased by the wet weather. A good number of hirundines and swifts hawked low over the flashes and surrounding fields, the hirundines able to rest and preen on the barded wire fences.

House Martin, Sand Martins, and Swallows.

A group of Swifts hawked at head height and followed us along the river wall as we kicked up insects, some of the swifts almost clipped us with their wings as they flashed past. A lone Buzzard was seen loafing off across the fields but little else was noted on the far flashes.

At the next stop, Hollesley marshes, the best we could muster was a lone Spoonbill and more hirundines.
Heading further south Shingle Street added 3 Greenland Wheatears to the days tally but very little else, migrants seemingly all but absent.
Our final stop of the day provided a bit more interest with 4 Yellow Wagtails, including a grey looking female, Hobby, Wheatear, Common Sandpiper and sunshine (if only for a few minutes). The local Swallows performed well but the light was always poor.

Grey looking female Yellow Wagtail

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