A sucessful weekend's birding produced two more county year ticks, Sandwich Tern and Osprey, taking my total to 199. Fuller highlights are below.
On a rare warm day with some sun, me, Andy and Mark (call us 'The Three Amigos' if you must) headed for Sharpness Docks for the high tide. The first highlight was six Yellow Wagtails sat on telegraph wires off Bridge Road, with Linnets and Goldfinches. A juvenile Grasshopper Warbler was a nice find, and showed well, near the Harbourmaster's hut. I'd have gotten a good photo there if I hadn't dropped my lens on my last visit to Sharpness - it's now been sent off as an insurance job and I am really missing it, although it does mean a lot less weight to lug around! Then, at the lifeboat station, two Sandwich Terns passed us heading south at 8.20am, ten minutes before high tide.
A scramble to Slimbridge WWT to try and see a Kentish Plover was unsuccessful, but we got good…