The first stroke of good fortune came after Dave suggested we check out the old Curlew field. There was nothing in it, but he then spotted a small party of Snipe circling well to the north. With them were three small waders which we identified as Dunlin, the first here since one last May, and equalling the largest count for the site.
We jettisoned our original plan to walk across along the road, and hurried towards the flash field where we suspected the waders had gone. Half way there, a wader call to our left had us checking out another flock. This time they were 12 Golden Plovers. They wheeled around for several minutes before heading off east.
|Nine of the Golden Plovers|
|The three Dunlins and a Redshank|
At this point spring officially arrived when we spotted the first Chiffchaff of the year fly-catching in the hedgerow.
|138 Golden Plovers|
It turned out we weren't the only ones having a good morning. A text from John Coombes revealed that a Gadwall had provided him with a Haselor Scrape tick. We could do with it coming here as we didn't get one last year.
Other notable sightings this morning were a pair of Mistle Thrushes, a Lesser Redpoll, five Mute Swans, a pair of Tufted Ducks, and two adult Black-headed Gulls.