Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Birding at Barn Elms WWT (London Wetland Centre) reserve produced my first Hobby of the year along with Avocet, Yellow Wagtail, and Reed Warbler, among the many common summer migrants, which have all arrived back in good numbers now. Little Ringed Plover, Redshank and Lapwing appear to be breeding again in good numbers and the first Coot and Moorhen broods are already growing up fast. The introduced Snake’s Head Fritillaries are blooming well. The specially created Sand Martin nesting bank, which can be viewed from the Wader Scrape hide, looks like having a successful season. The many human visitors today meant than few birds were as confiding for photography as they can be on the reserve.


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