Tuesday 22 April 2014

Wheatears at Passage House

A pair of Wheatears were hopping around on the spit this morning just before high tide, along with five very vocal Common Sandpipers, which at times broke out into song. As the tide rose, they relocated to the island roosts and I managed to get them all in the same photo.

Nice to see together!
Meanwhile, two pairs of Whimbrel flew in, circled a couple of times over Passage House, and flew off west towards Newton Abbot.

The Wheatears then flew across the estuary to the top of a dead tree near the water treatment works where they started flycatching.

The first Sedge Warbler of the year was singing from a reed bed at Hackney Marshes, and a total of six Reed Warblers were across the two sites. Surprisingly, Wheatear numbers on the racecourse have dropped to four after yesterday's high.

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