Saturday 3rd. Nothing new early doors just a couple of Fieldfare leaving the roost in the willows on the wetlands and the 2 drake Scaup still on the motorway pool. The SEO seems to have moved on having not been seen for over a week, a check of its regular roosting site revealed plenty of pellets and general muck and feathers!
A little passage in evidence with the good early spring for Curlews continuing as a flock of 5 headed west and then the finding of a Black-tailed Godwit with the resident redshank on the 'wader scrape'. Only just above annual status here so a good early record, the bird was present for about 10 mins before being booted by some tetchy BHGs and heading of west at 8.35am.
Not much else new after this, drake Smew still tarting about on the main lake and later in the day DD and SC had 2 Ringed Plover,Bittern and a singing Chiffchaff - new in or winterer ?
Sunday 4th. A damp start but immediate pay off with 4 Sand Martins chirruping about overhead on the wetlands!! These birds later moved to the main lake and are the earliest ever recorded at Pugneys, beating the old record by 3 days.
Very little else new in the way of new/moving birds until DD called to inform us that 18 Whooper Swans had just dropped in on the main lake. Legged it over and had a look at these whilst drinking a Latte in the cafe - posh!!
Some of the Whooper Swans.
Still drake Smew (in flight west over wetlands) and 2 Scaup and 4 Shovellor was the best of the rest.
So, a good couple of days. Lets hope the early migrants are a sign of things to come and also lets hope the reasonable levels of coverage continue! To encourage folks to get out looking i am gathering votes for a bit of a fun sweep to predict the next new species for the recording area - you will read it here first !!