Saturday, 26 March 2011

26th March 2011

Male Ring Ouzel - in front of visitors centre cafe.
Red Kite - over the sewage works.
Swallow - over the sewage works.
Linnet - near visitors centre.

7am - 5pm

A successful day, starting with a Swallow over the sewage works from 8.05 -8.15am and a Little Egret seen flying over the visitors centre towards the Pillinge at 8.30am. A Woodcock flew past me at the Long Meadow heading towards the Pillinge at 10.30am. This was a long awaited MVCP tick for me, taking my MVCP list to 186 species. About 6 Sand Martins flew passed the visitors centre between 11am - noon. Neil Wright and I then spent some time looking through a mixed flock of Yellowhamers, Reed Buntings, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits on the field behind the sewage works but nothing unusual was seen amongst them. Neil then picked up a Red Kite drifting over the sewage works towards Stewartby Lake about 12.30pm.

A male Ring Ouzel appeared in the field in front of the visitors centre at 1.40pm, but was only there for about a minute before being flushed by some kids. 4 Cetti's Warblers were heard singing during the day. (1 near the gullwatch, 1 at the Marston corner of Stewartby Lake and 2 on Wetland 3.) Finally a mixed group of Swallows and Sand Martins were seen flying over Wetland 3 late afternoon.

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