Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Very quick update for you

The Safari has been and still is busy but we have been able to get out a bit over the last couple of days.
A morning watch on Patch 2 gave us the long awaited Sandwich Terns (132, P2 #48), a bonus Arctic Skua (133, P2 #49) and one we didn't realise we'd not had yet this year a passing Lesser Redpoll (134, P2 #50).
Later we did a Porpoise and Seal watch for families to join in and saw not a lot but we did get a Harbour Porpoise and a Grey Seal along with good views of drake Eiders, a Guillemot and a Sandwich Tern catching a fish, the families enjoyed the session too which is always good.
A Great Crested Newt hunt on the way home was unsuccessful though.
This morning we did a guided walk round the nature reserve in lovely sunshine but an increasingly chilly wind. Missed a couple of sitters but did rack up Sedge Warbler (135, MMLNR #77), Lesser Whitethroat (136 MMLNR #78) and Reed Warbler (137, MMLNR #79). The Reed and Sedge being fresh overnight arrivals, we found the Sedge but were beaten to the Reed by regular birder TS.
There were plenty of Small Tortoiseshell  and Peacock butterflies out in the sunshine.

No Orange Tips on the Cuckoo Flower yet
Where to next? Got the kids staying but we'll be out somewher with them tomorrow
In the meantime let us know who's fresh in in your outback.

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