Coombe Hill/Saul Warth

Tuesday 14th April 2009

A couple of excursions out today:

In the morning, Coombe Hill Meadows - along the canal, six Willow Warblers, five Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat and a pair of Bullfinches. Not much from Grundon Hide, just two Redshanks and four Swallows of note. The floods of last summer apparently decimated the invertebrate populations here, resulting in poor numbers of waders seen. It will be interesting to see how this habitat recovers.

An afternoon trip to Frampton - two first-winter Little Gulls on Saul Warth south flash viewed from the canal (above, that's not a shark next to it, just an up-ended Coot! - another record shot below), also a drake Garganey heard, and a Whitethroat and Cetti's Warbler.

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