Monday, 2 April 2012

Surlingham two times

A couple of patch updates, beginning with an evening visit yesterday.
A Green Sandpiper was heard flying downriver, new for the year. Presumably the same bird was later seen feeding in the muddy margins around the lagoon. Plenty of Teal here, but no Garganey, presumably moved on.
The scrub was busy: 2 Bullfinch, one giving a Northern-esque call in common with some Eurasian birds. Treecreeper, Chiffchaff, Cettis and another new for the year, Williow Warbler, were all heard or seen here.

As it began to get dark we had another go with the Bat detector. By the landspring, we picked up a series of fast, quiet clicks which sounds like a Brown Long-eared Bat, having listened to some sound files online. By the main church, we had 2 Pips at 45 KHZ.

This morning, the lagoon was a noisy place, since 4 Lapwing had moved in overnight! One was displaying overhead, so hopefully these pairs will try again this year. The Little Egret was relaxing in amongst some reeds, and from the hide I heard my first Blackcap of the year, seen briefly. Willow Warbler numbers up to two, and another Blackcap was heard near the ruins as I watched a Kestrel hunt.

A Green Sandpiper turned up on the muddy puddle at the foot of the hill.

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