We wandered north along the bushes and onto the haul road. It was there, where we were alerted to a large bird flying north pursued by five or six Lapwings. The Lapwings wouldn't have bothered going that high for a gull, so bins onto it and it showed it to be an Osprey! It was heading steadily north and soon lost to sight over East Chevington.
|Osprey heading north pursued by Lapwings (heavy crop)|
This is my first patch Osprey since at least 1996 - it was so long ago, the record is in a long-gone paper notebook.
We didn't find any noteworthy migrants passerines, not even a Wheatear. There were hundreds of hirrundines and the Swifts were flying very low. The sun came out briefly later and brought out some insects.
|Common Cardinal Beetle|
|Male Andrena sp of bee|
|Large Red Damselfy (female)|
|Cheilosia sp of Hoverfly -STOP PRESS - Roger Morris thinks this is C. bergenstammi|
|Sphaerophoria sp of hoverfly - the females can't be identified to species by photographs|
|Red and Black Froghopper|
Today was WeBS count day. Highlights were five Little Gulls, one Med Gull and a single Drake Garganey. Wood Sandpiper and Ruff had been reported but we didn't see them. The Grey-headed Wagtail was gone but there were two flavissima.
|Drake Tufted Duck - without the orange eye, this could be monochrome photo|
We walked to Chibburn mouth to check on my fence and walked back along the beach seeing very little along the way - only a handful of Sandwich Terns.
|One of the Sandwich Terns|
|Spoonbill looking miserable on the Budge fields earlier in the week|