Coombe Hill Meadows
Despite the unpromising conditions, with a brisk easterly breeze, Andy and myself had a cracking afternoon's birding at Coombe Hill Meadows. This was just what I needed to clear away the effects of a migraine this morning, although the day started off well with two singing Reed Warblers just south of The Pilot first thing. Back to Coombe Hill Meadows, and a very pleasant couple of hours at the Grundon Hide produced:
Seven Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, a Grey Plover, two Greenshanks, three Redshanks, nine Lapwings, two Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail, four Pied Wagtails, two Reed Buntings, 30 Swallows, 50 Sand Martins, a Raven, four Stock Doves, a Grey Heron, a Raven, 11 Coots, two Shelducks, four Greylag Geese and two Mute Swans this afternoon. Two House Martins were with the Swallows at the wharf car park. Migraine? What Migraine! It doesn't get much better than this.
(Photos: top: Little Ringed Plover, below: Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Plover, Swallow)