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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Rushing spring along

A bit of a grey  miserable day with a cold N>4-5 although temperatures were up around 6 deg out of the wind.
Gull numbers were back down to normal today with 8 Commons and 7 Black Headed around the rugby pitch and Foxhill park.
A jolt from NK today reporting Curlews at Knotford Nook made me look back at my last years records for late February and into March to find I had my first of the year Curlew at Cold Edge Dams on the 27th Feb with just a single, and later in the day 37 coming in to roost at TMR.
After this day Curlews were arriving daily on the moor bringing back some life into the area.
By the second week of March Curlew, Oystercatcher and Redshank were  at Fly Flatts and on the 27th of March the first Wheatear and Little Ringed Plover arrived whilst a single Shoveler was on the water, a real mega tick for the area.
After this anything can happen with waders on the shore and Ospreys passing overhead and if the water level drops at Fly Flatts like last year we should have another cracking wader passage.
BS

4 comments:

DJSutcliffe said...

Lots of things to look forward to as spring approaches.

Did you get the garage dried out before the Whoopers arrived?

Brian Sumner . said...

Decided to keep the water level down and try for waders.

Dean said...

Yeah, things are on the move, Brian. Curlew & Ringed Plover were reported close to home yesterday.

NigelK said...

My earliest ever Curlew on Soil Hill 24 February 2011.