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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

28th Apr 2021: Whinchat and Hobby

This morning Ian, John and I were all out early. The conditions looked great and hopes were high, especially for the likes of Arctic Tern. Unfortunately it wasn't to be, but it was a good day nonetheless.

It was a bit quiet to start off with and we'd only seen two Common Sandpipers and eleven (min.) Yellow Wagtails. However, there was obviously a fair few new warblers around, including three Lesser Whitethroats - one of which John actually saw come in from quite high up!

At approximately 7:40 (and unfortunately after Ian and John had left) I found a Whinchat on the fence of the cattle field to the NW of the reservoir before it moved to the fence along the ditch in the cattle field. Where I also saw a Wheatear briefly, with both birds moving along. Mike Pollard arrived and found another two Wheatears in the cattle field. These were all fresh in and in locations people had already looked. By this time the number of hirundines had really built up and there continued to be good numbers all day - mostly House Martins in the evening.

At lunch time there were two Swifts and the peak count of fourteen Yellow Wagtails for the day. In the evening Mike Pollard had our first Hobby of the year, taking the year list to 100 species!

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