Tetney 28/04/17

Out with DW. Covered the usual circuit but also walked and covered the northern boundary of the patch.
Weather was quite variable - a mixture of sunny spells, light cloud and occasional light rain. Wind was largely an F4 NW dropping to F3.

Bird of the day was undoubtedly the drake Garganey seen flying up the humber - Garganey is a tough bird to get in the area due to no suitable habitat for them.

On the humber: The 6 Common Scoter still.

In the bushes: 14 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler.

Birds of prey: Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 2 Short-eared Owl.

Other highlights: 7+ Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Red-legged Partridge, Cuckoo (1st of the spring), 2 Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler with Swallows and Linnets moving NW during our visit.

Other wildlife: 2 Roe Deer in the dunes, Common Seal, Orange Tip butteflies and a Drinker moth caterpillar.

2 patch year ticks today: Garganey and Cuckoo
2017 patch total: 135

 Not a combination you often see 

The first time I've ever come across a message in a bottle (well, jam jar) washed up on the beach. I don't think it had travelled far though - the sender lives in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Sent 31st June last year (though last time I looked there were only 30 days in June)

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