Saturday, 15 March 2014

First signs of spring in London

Given the weather of the last week or so, with all those winter storms behind us, spring does seem to be on its way. I'm not going to get ahead of myself as we're only just in mid-March, though a lot of birds are singing away and this morning I recorded my first spring migrant of the year - a showy female Garganey at the outfall at Crossness. They're just about annual these days here, so to see one so soon into the year was decent enough.
female Garganey, Crossness 15th March 2014
Other than that, there were typically loads of birds but with not much too special mixed in - 3 Green Sandpipers, 26 Wigeon, 300 Teal, a NTGG-ringed Black-headed Gull and a Song Thrush the highlights other than the star duck. No Wheatear, no Sand Martin but for sure they'll come some day soon.

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