Spring bird watching

As well as the obvious change in plants, spring and summer migrant birds are arriving. During the last birding walk, I saw my first chiff-chaff of the year. Not a particularly unusual species, but it was a sign of the coming season. Another change in the avian world was a green sandpiper directly in front of the hide. The green sandpiper is a relatively shy dull greenish wader.

By chance this green sandpiper was feeding right in front of the hide when we arrived
Soon after I had finished photographing the green sandpiper, a little grebe drifted just behind the sandpiper.

During the brief sunshine, a little grebe emerged from the undergrowth and drifted across the water, already exhibiting it’s summer plumage . A second visit to Lea Farm bird hide provided sightings including a partially obscured red shank and a radiant pheasant.

The second visit had less than ideal weather conditions so many of the photos are quite dark.

As march is drawing to a close, the gulls are becoming territorial and many smaller species are seeking out nest sites. Some migrants are also turning up as sand martins are already being sighted.

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