Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Wheatears, Whinchats, and Whimbrel

Whinchat, Nene Washes, 22.4.06

Meadow Pipit, Nene Washes, 22.4.06

Sedge Warbler, Nene Washes, 22.4.06

Greenland-type Wheatear, Serpentine Brick Pit, 22.4.06 (photographed at 8pm in darkness!)

Whinchat, Serpentine Brick Pit, 23.4.06

Wheatear, Serpentine Brick Pit, 23.4.06

Wheatear (male), Baston & Langtoft pits, 24.4.06

Wheatear (female), Baston & Langtoft pits, 24.4.06
Some diary-type notes.
Friday 21.4.06
Twitched Ring Ouzel at Deeping Lakes pre-work (ta Will). Lunchtime with Brian Stone, bagged two adult Little Gulls at Ferry Meadows. I popped into Orton Brick Pit in the evening and heard my first Cukoo and Nightingale of the year.
Saturday 22.4.06
Early mornign at Ferry Meadows: highlights were a Cuckoo, Garden Warbler and a brief view of a non-singing Grasshopper Warbler. In teh afternoon twitched a superb male Whinchat on the Nene Washes. In the evening, I visited Serpentine Brick Pit where there were five Wheatears including a Greenland-style male [later heard that an Osprey flew near my house while I was looking at Wheatears].
Sunday 23.4.06
Cycled down the central drove of the Nene Washes. Highlight was a Whimbrel, the first I have seen on the deck, locally. There were five Wheatears around. Later I returned to Sperpentine, where a male Whinchat was among nine Wheatears (two female) and I saw my first Hobby of the year.
Monday 24.4.06
Quick visit to Baston and Langtoft, where I heard and saw a Nightingale and watched two Wheatears [as I watched the Nightingale, a SPotted Redshank paseed me by, adding to my collection of recent grips...].
Canon Powershot A95, Kowa TSN-823 + 32xWLER

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