Tetney 31/03/17

A F3 SW soon became a blustery F5. A sunny day with the temperature reaching around 15°C.
Covered the area with DW.
The most productive visit to the patch so far this year.

The humber: Very quiet with nothing of note.

Birds of prey: An Osprey seen hunting over a saltmarsh pool, then over the tide edge and later seen on the mudflats eating a fish, 2 Marsh Harriers - including a male in off the humber which then carried on heading inland, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Merlin and Barn Owl.
In nine Tetney visits this month a total of seven Marsh Harriers were seen migrating through the reserve - I wonder just how many passed through undetected? Passage should continue through April.

In the bushes:  Willow Warbler and Blackcap (both firsts of the spring), 7 Chiffchaff and 10 Goldcrest.

Other highlights: 300 Pink-footed Geese NW in 2 skeins, 4 Avocet, Green Sandpiper, 75 Golden Plover, 4 Grey Partridge, Sand Martin NW (first of the spring), Wheatear, 10 alba wagtail NW, a female Ring Ouzel showed well often perching on an adjacent fence, 3 Fieldfare, Redwing and 6 Linnet NW.

Butterflies: Small White, 5 Peacock, 5 Comma and 4 Small Tortoiseshell.

6 patch year ticks today: Osprey, Green Sandpiper, Sand Martin, Ring Ouzel, Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
Total: 120

Female Ring Ouzel 

Distant record shot of the Osprey which was frequently harrassed by gulls.
My joint earliest Osprey record.

 Plenty of Brown-tail moth caterpillars are now becoming active in the countless webs woven on the Sea Buckthorn bushes

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