Monday, 27 February 2012

Spring is in the air

Avocets Snettisham RSPB Aways a special treat to see the first ones back, even if we will see them every day throughout the summer!

With several pairs of Black headed Gulls laying claim to their summer nesting islands and the first returning Avocets, flocking together on the pits, it was easy to imagine that summer was only just around the corner. After recent landscaping work, with two of the spits flattened and a new island placed in front of Shore hide, the nesting Gulls and Terns will hopefully make the most of the new habitat and breed in even higher numbers. A very small passage of southbound Corvids and Siskin made for the first signs of overhead migration, and a single Pale-bellied Brent Goose was the first of the winter period.

Tundra Bean Geese Ken Hill Marsh Six of 13 birds feeding with the Pink feet.

After my first record in January 2011, followed by the 2nd in Dec 2012 and the two birds last weekend, it seems hard to believe that I spent the first eight years around Snettisham not seeing a Bean Goose! Woodlarks were making the most of the warm sunshine, with two birds singing over the fields on the edge of Ken Hill Wood, and three Yellowhammers were singing from the surrounding hedges.

Grey Partridge Female

Grey Partridge Male One of five pairs seen around Ken Hill Sunday morning

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