Sightings for week ending 18 Mar 2018

The ‘Beast from the East’ is due one last throw this weekend so may make getting out and about difficult or unpleasant - but today has been glorious.

I spent the morning down at Farlington where I was treated to the spoonbill on the central scrape. Best viewed from the eastern sea wall near the old pill box, there should also be a large collection of shelduck, pintail and widgeon hanging around in the same area. There is currently a large pre-breeding daytime roost there of black headed gulls and med gulls. They often spend the morning washing on the stream and then move over to the scrape.

The garganey is still loitering around but is proving tricky to find. it seems to like lurking in the long grass.

The lapwing are starting to display across the main marsh and the redshank are becoming more vocal. Still lots of brents around and there was well over 50 curlew across the marsh this morning.

Garganey

© Alan Dunk

Elsewhere the intermittent sunshine has brought some butterflies out. I saw my first Brimstone on Tuesday. The woodland birds are singing well. There is a beautiful male Bullfinch singing in the car park at Swanwick every time I go down as well as goldcrestand firecrest.