Tetney 08/03/17

Light cloud until mid-afternoon and then sunshine. A cold F3 NW becoming F4.
Out covering the area with DW.

The humber held a single Great Crested Grebe, 10 Velvet Scoter and 2 Common Scoter.

Notable birds of prey: Marsh Harrier NW up the humber - this bird was bearing a green wingtag and is likely to have been tagged by the NW Norfolk Ringing Group. Also: 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, Short-eared Owl and 3 Barn Owl.

Other highlights from today: 2 Pale-bellied Brent with 280 Dark-bellied, a redhead Goosander over Tetney Lock, 3 Avocet (first of the spring), 5 Grey Partridge, Grey Wagtail and a Stonechat.

Meadow Pipits continue to become more conspicuous in the area with a number giving their parachute display flights - we are in that transition period when Meadow take over from the wintering Rock Pipits.
A large scale clearout of wintering Blackbirds was clearly evident when checking the coastal bushes. 
Single Pied Wagtails NW along the tide edge and over the beach were examples of visible migration - hardy birds moving against a cold NW F4 headwind.

A young Common Seal was on the tide edge.

2 patch year ticks today - Avocet and Grey Wagtail. Total: 105

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