At high noon they hitched up their trailers and rolled on outta town....Yeeehah!
Well at 3.30 this afternoon the honest romany folk left Druridge in convoy. Who knows why? They normally stay for the summer, hopefully they've gone for good. Sadly I have no photo's of the joyous moment, with any luck things can now return to normal. Once the slugs and snails have eaten all of the 'human eggs' we can recommence our ringing activities.
Like a weight lifted from my shoulders, I continued the WeBS count, good to see three broods of gadwall (1 large duckling and a brood of 6 (was seven) and 8 small ducklings), gadwall is still a species considered by the rare breeding birds panel, but for how much longer?
In the bushes two family parties of great tits were roaming about and a reed warbler sang from the reeds (where else?)
I tried to do a seawatch, but the rain beat me, a ringed plover was on the beach and a red-throated diver flew north.
129 ringed plover
I was in the Oddie hide about lunchtime. Typically quiet, then a little ringed plover landed right in front of me. It stayed about a minute - long enough for a couple of shots, then a black headed gull took exception to it. LRP last seen heading north, high.
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