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Sunday, 15 July 2012

PATCH TICK AND PASSAGE

After moaning about the lack of action on the patch it has really picked up and plenty of effort has been richly rewarded. The 'flood field' is draining and there are large areas of mud exposed, these are being used by c200 BHG, 40-50 Lapwing, and small groups of LBBG.These were joined on the 14th by 2 Yellow-Legged Gulls, a 3rd summer bird and a near-adult type which left NE after a brief bathing stop. Seems to be plenty of these about nationally and hopefully we may see a few more in the coming weeks!!

Waders are starting to sneak through which is probably bad news really as they are presumably more failed breeders. Curlew, a new LRP, and the autumns first Redshank and Golden Plover, plus a drake Wigeon, have been seen this week along with the years first Tree Sparrow ( from the nearby breeders by the Golf Course presumably)

The undoubted highlight of the weekend was a REDSTART found on the afternoon of the 14th by SC on the Soap Tip. I was first to arrive and the bird showed really well on and off for the rest of the day to most of the regulars - a much appreciated patch tick for me also!

As can be seen from the photos the bird is a very young juvenile - would love to know exactly where this bird fledged !? First 3 photos courtesy of M Hemingway - cheers pal.





The next 3 pictures are my fault - sorry !!




This is not a juv Redstart ...........its clearly an adult!




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