This time of year there's not many days you get out onto the patch and score a big fat 10 species for the year! including a full fat patch tick.
What a beautiful morning, nice calm conditions and hazy sunshine, it wasn't snowing, raining or blowing a gale, so I made the most of it and spent a solid 4 hrs on the patch.
Best of the bunch and a first for the patch were the two sum. plum. black-tailed godwits accompanied with a similar sum. plum. ruff. The drake gadwall was also a quality patch bird. Admittedly the rest were either returning migrants, whitethroat, willow warbler, house martin, redpoll etc or just regular birds that I hadn't caught up on this year yet, e.g greylag and sparrowhawk.
The good news is that this brings my tally up to 75 species and 65.22% of my total.
Ahead of Seppy… which is where I intend to remain!