Saturday, 28 April 2012

Beddington Spring Bird Race Day

Great Crested Grebe (in flight- an uncommon sight at the farm)

Moderate north east winds, overcast and rain set the scene for the Beddington Spring Bird Race Day- good for vis mig but bad for photography. Highlight of the day was the wader passage and included Turnstone on the lake, a male Barwit over, 4 + 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Plover and the with the local Lapwings that makes 11 wader species for the day. I had an Oystercatcher calling last night from the obs at 2330 too but unfortunately doesn't count on the day list.
Also a good hirundine passage with 25+ House Martin, 40+ Swallow, 2 Sand Martin and 40+ Swift. Also a couple of Common Tern, 4-5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear and Hobby.
82 species recorded in total by the team.

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