Friday, 20 March 2009

The Best March Ever...

...is probably not going to be this one! Flipping morning river fog/mist/murk is a real problem at the moment. I hate it!

So, when was our best March ever? Well that's easy! I don't really like the month of March (as everyone should know by now!) but this March was simply sensational! So please sit back and enjoy this little bit of nostalgia... this was March 2006...

On the 8th I found a Yellow-legged Gull on the estuary, but it soon flew out towards the sea. Whilst wandering along the beach with Gav in the hope of relocating it we tripped over this...

A Snow Bunting; this was the first bird on patch in March '06 to cause a Devon twitch

In Colyton, since January a Hawfinch or two had become temporary residents in a private garden, here's a pici I snapped of one earlier in the year. But on 9th March, the two became FIVE!

Still not seen one of these on patch since!

A nice patch scarcity appeared on 12th and remained in the area for nearly a fortnight, although it was most probably 'plastic'...

Our friend 'Barnie' the Barnacle Goose

Spring soon really got going. Phil started it off by finding these three Little Ringed Plovers on Bridge Marsh on 18th. Little did we know that there would be an impressive NINE here by the 21st - surely some sort of Devon record?

I can't wait for our first one of these this year!

It then became ten-fold better with Phil again coming up trumps! This was a lifer for me on Seaton Marshes, present from 19th til 23rd...

A STUNNING Night Heron!

James McCarthy and Phil can both claim the next find, when a White Stork flew in from the south and landed on Seaton Marshes on 21st, it was on Bridge Marsh the following day before flying to Somerset....

With an out-of-focus head!

Seaton Marshes again was the place to be, when this Spoonbill appeared here on 23rd and remained 'til 28th...

With its head out for a change!!!

A final March surprise came when these three Geese flew in and landed on Bridge Marsh on 29th, little did we know one would still be with us now.... (mind you saying that I've not seen him for a good few weeks!)

Egyptian Geese, fresh in from Norfolk!???

April started off pretty good too, and for some reason over the first couple of days I went through a phase of taking 'totally random' sky photos, see....

Nice sky.... ohhh, hang on, just what are those birds???

Here's one of them up close, just before it 'got out of bed'....

Our Alpine Swifts, present for most of April!

So.... not bad hey? And I'm glad I had bought my camera just prior to all this excitement! If March 2009 is half as good as 2006 then I will be more than happy....

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