Early Morning Birds

My only chance for birds today was early morning and I actually managed to get out of bed. I arrived at the Water Park at a bit gone seven with Waterhay the first port of call. I arrived at the same time as another local and together we saw a group of four Whimbrel flying off to the east. They joined up with another five and landed a little way away. Also seen from here were two Whinchats, a site tick for me. A bit of searching at Kent End got seven Little Ringed Plover and single Common Sandpiper and Redshank. Next was Twitchers where you were looking straight into the sun. I decided to scan the hedgerows instead and managed to see Bullfinch, Chiffchaff and Sedge and Willow Warbler. Cuckoo and Nightingale were heard. Moving on to Roundhouse Farm where you have the sun behind you in the morning. Five Shelduck, three LRP, two Common Sandpiper and a late Shoveler were the highlights here. Also loads of Swallows and a single Whitethroat. That was it for  today apart from the evening dog walk which was accompanied by many singing Corn Buntings and little else. Looking forward to a day on the South Coast tomorrow with Portland the planned start point.

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