Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sunday March 29

As predicted, this morning saw grey skies with water falling out of it, and a strong southerly wind.

Time for the Morton Bagot wet weather plan.

1. Dave decides not to bother with the place. He goes to Marsh Lane GP where there are hides aplenty.
2. I arrive in steady drizzle and spend as long as possible in the car photographing anything which comes in range. Such as:

A female Blackbird carrying nesting material

A rather fine cock Pheasant
3. Eventually get bored with looking at common stuff and get out of the car to walk to the pool/flashes in the hope that the rain will stop and the weather will have deluged the place in migrants.

In fact, the rain did stop for long enough for me to reach the flashes. However there was no arrival of migrants. Instead I had to make do with a pair of Little Grebes, 17 Teal, 14 Lapwings, two Redshanks and a Green Sandpiper. There were a few more Gulls around than of late, with four or five Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a second summer Herring Gull, and three Black-headed Gulls over. Summer was represented by two singing Chifchaffs, but by then the rain had started again and I made a soggy departure.

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