Thursday, 1 April 2010
Nice Ride Out
Took a coastal route today up to East Chev. and back. NBTS was quietish; a few gulls (no Meds), waders and Gannets moving north. Next, Cresswell, with quantity not quality. A sizeable flack of Redshank with the odd Knot and Dunlin within on the SW shore, and Tree Sparrows along the path with an odd Yellowhammer. Plenty of Wheatears about on the west side. Two Stock Dove were on the south field (to the W of the access path). The Pools, or The Oceans as they should be renamed, had hods of gulls (BH and C), the usual ducks, Canada and Greylag Geese and Chiffchaffs calling. A single, snoozing GC Grebe was on the main pool, along with Tufties, a solitary Heron and an equally lonely Goldeneye. East Chev. broke my hirundine virginity with one House Martin westwards, and loads of Tufties, Goldeneye, Pink-footed Geese and Shovelers a plenty. So in four relaxing, if not very chilly, hours, 54 species and four year ticks.