Saturday, 7 April 2012

Saturday 7th April 2012 - Morning

A start at first light and rewarded with a close view of Water Vole emerging from the Ouse and preening itself on the north bank as the sun rose. Sadly a rare sight nowadays.

On the birding front a small but steady stream of Swallows and Sandmartins through, low in the early mist whilst along the River Ouse an early Kingfisher was seen.

Once the sun broke through the usual waders could be counted in numerous Little Ringed Plovers, the Oystercatcher pair and four Redshank, two of which look like they are pairing up. Three Little Egret were also dotted about the site, one on the river.

From the south bank at least four newly arrived Yellow Wagtails were seen in the north bank scrub.

Also noticeable this morning, the number of Reed Bunting pairs along the river, the most seen in the few years I've been watching the site. Also good to see a handful of Yellowhammer along by the Thrupp Bridge.


And via Text from Andy M

Hi, not sure if a swallow has been recorded yet at manor farm but one there earlier with 2 sandmartin. Also, 2 LRP, 2 oycs 1 redshank and a M blackcap.

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