What a months end...
who needs red-winged blackbird when you've got patch birding?
With the winds turning south-easterly it was definitely worth stretching ones legs around the patch. My efforts were well rewarded with three mega rares on the patch in the space of a couple of days.
The first, a fine pair of GREY PARTRIDGE, skilfully flushed I think you'll find from some deep cover near the cliff tops; possible migrants I thought? But then... I didn't really care as they were most definitely full fat patch ticks.
Still delighted with my find, I wandered off down to the 'moat' where there's some nice bushes for some nice migs (sometimes). Ten minutes later with only a willow warbler added to the year list, two mallard flew off from the moat and behind them, scuttling into to edge of the bank, was a MOORHEN. Would you believe it? yet another full FFPT... awesome. What a bird it was. I sat and admired it, whilst looking forward to the golden mallard winging its way to me at the years end.
Today was bit of let down really, but the pair of mute swan on the great pool were the first ones since 2014...BONUS
What an end to the month. Although, on reflection, I do think I'd rather have a red-winged blackbird...
At the end of April, patch total of 69 sp, 64.49%