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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

24th Mar 2015: Little Ringed Plovers... and another Kittiwake!

This morning the sun was shining and even though there was a cold breeze it felt like a brilliant spring day. There were three or four Chiffchaffs singing around the reservoir to reinforce the fact that spring has now well and truly sprung.

As I walked around I spotted two small waders fly across the reservoir and land on the western edge. Two Little Ringed Plovers! I really like these little plovers and I'm always happy to see them return in spring.

As I walked around there was a Grey Wagtail singing at the reservoir edge and Song Thrushes collecting nesting material. I think the wind was putting some species off from singing but there was a general background song. A few Meadow Pipit calls were heard as they passed unseen overhead.

I scanned through a flock of Black-headed Gulls that were gathered. I was only really checking for ringed birds and not expecting much, but as I scanned through came across a stunning adult Kittiwake! This is the second one this month now but only the third I have ever seen here. Others managed to see it and it was present till lunch time at least.

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