Another good day out on the marsh although the early morning rain and a light south-easterly breeze hinted that it could have been better...

The highlights were: a calling Wood Sandpiper, 4 Shoveler, 4 Teal, m Corn Bunting, m Willow Warbler, Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Whimbrel, 3 immaculate Grey Plover, 12 Dunlin, Curlew, m & 2f Marsh Harriers, Hobby, 40 Swift, 6 Swallows, 6 Little Egrets, 5 Wigeon, 3 Cetti's Warblers, Cuckoo and 3 Avocet. Graham White found a mixed singer Chiffchaff - Willow Warbler. These are funny little creatures and are not necessarily hybrids as many seem to be Willows!  It starts with a weird Chiffchaff type song before descending into a Willow crescendo. Failed to see it be it but could hear it along the road as I left tonight. Will look in the morning.

Whimbrel (Dave McGough)

8-5-13

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