I was out on the patch for a short ringing session n Friday morning, the first of the year. With only two nets up I caught a few birds including three willow warblers and chiffchaff.
|willow warbler - first bird ringed on the patch in 2015|
Whilst checking the nets, I had a whimbrel fly over and a very early reed warbler was singing in the little reed bed in the corner of the big pool. Offshore there were 47 red-throated divers and 26 red-breasted mergansers on the sea - both good counts. There was also a handful of puffins on the sea, a common tern and fulmar as fly-through's were all new for the year.
Today was WeBS count day. I was sure I was going to a garganey or an avocet, but I was disappointed, however, the first bird I saw was a little egret, just in front of the hide, which was my first of the year on the patch.
There were only four wigeon left on the Budge fields, still a few teal main though with about 30 or so, they'll be gone soon and at this rate, shoveler will replace them as the commonest duck on the patch - there were 19 today. There was a pair of great-crested grebes on the big pool.
Whilst I was counting ducks, two or three house martins were feeding over the Budge fields - my first of the year.
That little flurry brings my patch list up to 100 for the year.
93 willow warbler
94 reed warbler
97 common tern
99 little egret
100 house martin
PWC Score 118