Saturday, 20 April 2013

Green-winged Teal and migrants at Crossness

Not a cloud in the sky all day. It started frosty as Josh and I headed out to Crossness, arriving shortly after 6am. Conditions like this usually render the river quiet, and that was the case today - just a couple of Common Terns as well as the drake Green-winged Teal still about at the outfall, showing well in good light with ever depleting numbers of Teal.

The paddocks were alive with Wheatears, and with 15 of them, this was easily the highest number I'd seen here. They were in an obvious flock first thing, all coming out of their sleep rather begrudgingly. None of yesterday's couple of Whinchats were around today, but a female Redstart at the sluice gates was nice enough and has lingered here since Monday. Reed and Sedge Warblers were now in, as were Whitethroats in good numbers, so it seems like the hold up was just temporary. Willow Warbler, House Martin and half a dozen Jackdaws were also noted as well as a couple of LRPs.

Right, got to be up early tomorrow if I don't want to get trapped in by the marathon.

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