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Signs of Spring

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Sunday 12th - Monday 12th March 2017
At least three Garaganey turned up in the county last week, and after dipping at WWT Slimbridge in the morning, I stopped off at Ashleworth Ham on the way back from Kempley to check out this fine drake above. My first Sand Martins of the year, c80, were at Frampton Court Lake earlier. I had been to Kempley in the afternoon with Linda for our annual fix of Wild Daffodils around Kempley. I don't think I have ever seen them looking as good.
Along the canal locally, Sweet Violets have been coming into flower. The white form predominates here over the 'standard' purple form.
On 12th March, a second summer Mediterranean Gull was on South Lake, at WWT, acquiring its black summer hood.
A Black Swan was also at WWT on 12th March, near the centre, and I have seen presumably the same bird twice sine at Frampton and locally on the canal at Hardwicke. I wonder where it has originated from!

Late February Update

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Sunday 12th - Sunday 26th February 2017
I could spend all weekend catching up with birds found during the working week, but I really haven't got the time, having fitted in two Winter Random Square Surveys this month. On the way back from a random square near Lydney last Saturday with Andy, we stopped at Ashleworth Ham to catch up with the Green-winged Teal. The Teal was fairly close for much of the time, although often obscured by the roadside hedge. On Sunday I went to see the female/immature Black Redstart found by Mark at the settling pond in Chivenor Close at Kingsway, Quedgeley. I struck lucky and found it within about a minute of arriving.
The previous weekend's highlights were the wintering Lapland Bunting at WWT Slimbridge and another look at the wintering Richard's Pipit at Arlingham.
The week before that I was at Chew Valley Lake for the afternoon enjoying at least five Scaup, a pair of Goldeneyes and a drake Common Scoter.
And finally, on the last day of the mon…