Thursday, 10 May 2012

Floodgates open



A good weekend when all the floodgates seemed to open up with migrants, and left me thinking "why have I bothered going out searching for scraps for the last 2 months?!"

The weekend started well with a Lesser Whitethroat singing outside the BBC building at White City. This area has a few bushes and trees, but is really manicured and isolated. I'd be surprised if I have got into double figures of species seen here. (although I did once record a Reed Warbler, so it kind of has some form).

Over the weekend I visited Lepe twice. The first visit was pretty dire with just 6 Avocets to liven up the morning. Two days later, and the area was alive:

Great Skua and Razorbill offshore
20+ Med Gulls overhead
1 Peregrine
2 Avocets
1 Greenshank
1 Dunlin
Handful of Bar-Tailed Godwits and Whimbrels moving west
1 Nightingale
1 Lesser Whitethroat
Plus Sandwich and Common Terns

Calshot area had 3 Wheatears.

Finally, Baddesley Common got in on the action with 2 Wheatears, a Tree Pipit, and 2 Cuckoos.

Whimbrel at Lepe..
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