Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Patch update

Been a little while since I updated the patch list on here, the main reason being that its been a bit slow!- June started with a flyover spoonbill on the 2nd, my first for the valley. That was it for June though, breeding birds were about all that were seen on the patch, nice as they are. I failed to find/see any Savis or Marsh Warblers and really as yet have not seen any real rarities apart from the Montys I suppose, which makes the total all the better as it shows the mid yare valley is a great place for all sorts of more regular birds.
July has almost gone past too, however another new valley bird for me was a Turnstone on 21st, a very attractive adult was on Buckenham hide pool. Last night a walk around Buckenham produced 70+ Ruff, small numbers of green sand, Avocet, 2 ringos and another patch yeartick- Greenshank. This puts me on 142 for the mid yare reserves so far this year...and as yet have not had to use my trump site- (the beet factory). I suspect the sugar factory will be visited a bit more in the coming month for waders, especially for curlew sand and the possibility of extra points for finging a pec sand... I just need to beet the regulars there!
Here's hoping for some decent wader migration in the next month or so.

Targets for the next few months;
Crossbill- usually present by late July
(2 barred crossbill) with the flock above ;-)
Spotted Flycatcher- got to see one this yr, hopefully a family party will show itself at some point soon!
Barwit- lots turning up at Breydon
Black tern
Little Gull- again a few at Breydon
Little stint
Curlew Sand
Pec Sand
+Something very rare!

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