It seems as though the only regular birding I do is surveying at Buckenham and Cantley these days. The past few weekends I have been busy in Essex and the previous weekend it rained and I worked.
So today, Buckenham and Cantley, lots of birds around as always but there were subtle changes in number and a few returning species.
Totals for the day included;
1260 Pink footed geese
So loads more Curlew and Dunlin than normal sybolising a change of season?
Other incoming species included 2 pairs of Oystercatcher a few Redshank and a tufted Duck. I know it sounds very uninteresting to coastal birders but its a sure sign of change inland.
Also had a Jack Snipe on Buckenham yesterday which is a year tick. We saw it fly and land in a ditch in front of us, after having a careful look on the ground where I thought it went down there was no sign until we started moving and it was about a metre in front of me! how are they so invisible, typically it flushed straight away as if it were aware that eye contact had been made.