Saturday, 28 March 2009

Old Haunts

As my sister was down from Inverness, I took her to Amwell this morning, as she used to live nearby. The weather was not ideal-northerly, cold and showers but she had a good time seeing a lot of species that are very uncommon for her these days-things like Wood Pigeon, Mute Swan and Magpie for example.
We saw a few Sand Martin go through battling the wind, with my first Swallow of the year shortly after. Plenty of Water rail squealing, and Cetti's Warblers calling from the reed beds. The Cormorants are nesting, as are the Grey Heron-did not see Little Egret unfortunately, and with several Chiffchaff's singing, and displaying Lapwing and Redshank, it almost felt like spring. 
We missed the big one though-twenty Waxwing had flown through while we were in one of the hides, and the site's first Little Ring Plover of the year had been seen as well.  

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