The lagged effect of the weekend's rain has push the Meadow back into semi Lake Mode now and it's also meant that we've lost a lot of our birds. When I visited late afternoon there was just one REDSHANK down by the Poplar trees, a few distant ducks and our BRENT GOOSE which is still hanging out near the sailing club. The highlight for me was the presence of half a dozen each of SWALLOWS and SAND MARTINS hawking low over the river near the sailing club - it was so lovely to see them back again.
Roly Pitts managed to find several RED-CRESTED POCHARDS down by the floods when he visited earlier in the day though they didn't linger. This species has a rather strange relationship with the Meadow: clearly they are not really suited to the shallow waters of the floods so this species should be rather hard to come by like Tufted Duck and Pochard. However, for some reason over the last few years we've managed to get them on the year list when they've dropped in for a brief visit.
|Our resident Brent, courtesy of Owen Crawshaw|