Thursday, 18 March 2021

Lovely Little Ringed Plover

The first trickle of spring migrants finally reached the Axe yesterday afternoon, with Mike B noting a few Sand Martins and a Little Ringed Plover at Colyford Marsh during the evening. Today Wheatears joined the mix too, with birders who made it up to Beer Head this morning recording up to five.  

I couldn't get out today until very late this afternoon and headed down into the valley where I was hoping the recent Dorset Laughing Gull might make an appearance.  Just four Med Gulls and a few Lesser Black-backs on show, which was no laughing matter.  Looking upriver however I was delighted to see my first spring migrants of the year, at least eight Sand Martins feeding over Colyford Marsh.  

Shortly after, Black Hole Marsh revealed the Little Ringed Plover that had been present for most of the day, and could well have been Mike's bird from the previous night.  I didn't get to it until after the sun had disappeared behind a massive cloud and then over the horizon, but it was showing exceptionally well...

In the words of the absolute legend that is Murray Walker, we are Go Go Go...

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