Castle Lake (13:30-16:00)
Plan B would surely pay off - yesterday the Washington Wader-man had Wood Sand, 2 Comm Sand, 11Ringed Plover, Channel Wagtail etc
Other than the 5 or 6 Lrp, not a sniff of a passage wader ! Amazing !
Greylag with 7 gosling, 3GCGrebe, 2m1fWigeon, prTeal, 2pr+1mShoveller
350 hirundines -
150Swallow, 200Sand Martin
120Swift arrived after 3pm
2pr Stock Dove, fem Wheatear
3Common Buzzard, imm male Sparrowhawk, 4Kestrel, 1Little Owl, adult male Peregrine circling over at 3pm as hail/rain was easing off.
Highlight was one of the first things i saw :-
An adult Hobby (13:45) cruising low towards me between Hide & farmyard, before heading off slowly to A1 Flashes, allowing some superb views. -
Lack of waders had already paled into insignificance . . .
but the fone rang to tell of our first (late) Greenshank on the patch.
little change here, though its looking very good
1GCGrebe, 1CommSand, 3Curlew, 16C.Gull, mWheatear,
Little Oak in reg hole in Oak,
pairs of Pochard, Shoveller, Shelduck, Teal, Tree Sparrow & 2pr Gadwall