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Broom GPs - sanderling

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A lazy start to the morning but was at Broom by 9am after the messages came through of a sanderling present on the scrapes - and a lovely individual it was too - my first for the site.  Also present were a single ringed plover , two little ringed plover , common sandpiper . oystercatcher , and two wigeon . It was lovely and warm, a real treat as the cool northerlies of recent weeks had become a little tiresome. A walk round Peacocks produced a couple of lesser whitethroat , willow warbler and a lovely male wheatear on G&M growers. There were plenty of hirundines over GLE and swift numbered over 50 there.

Broom GPs

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It was a lively day - the heavy rain was relentless during the morning but despite remaining grey for much of the day, at least it was dry during the afternoon and there was a decent movement of waders. Nine  ringed plover  came to rest on the scrape with a single dunlin - a decent run for both these species.  Two little ringed plover were also present there. A hobby flew through causing panic amongst the hirundines.

Broom GPs

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A quiet, cold and still morning on the pits arriving at around 6.15am.  The dunlin had finally departed but the two greenshank and ringed plover remained.  A new common sandpiper was feeding along the edge of the far bank.  It was also good to see the little ringed plover huddled down on a nest. Two sedge warbler , garden warbler , lesser whitethroat and willow warbler were vocalising in and around the scrub behind the viewpoint.  The two wigeon continued to feed on the grassy bank on the east side. Six swallow flew through.

Broom GPs

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Another good early morning at Broom with dunlin numbers down on yesterday (a maximum of nine seen yesterday) with two first thing with another joining the group after a brief fly-around.  The scrape also held the continuing ringed plover , greenshank , and the two little ringed plover . A decent flock of hirundines then dropped in with at least 50 swallow and a few swift amongst the martins.  A hobby swooped through with a successful first catch of the day. Other highlights were my first garden warbler and wheatear for the reserve, the latter were two females on the opposite side within ploughed land. Seven lesser black backed gull flew through and 24 black headed gull was the highest count for a couple of weeks.  Two wigeon were feeding on the far bank.

Broom GPs - dunlin

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After an incredibly moody night with winds howling and heavy but much needed rain battering our shores, the morning was filled with the expectation of grounded waders and so it came to pass. On arrival at just before 6.30am, four dunlin , a tundrae ringed plover , greenshank and two  little ringed plover were present on the scrape.  Perhaps a little disappointing for some that may have expected more variety or something a little rarer.  Still pretty decent. It was blustery and dark clouds loomed in the distance.  Another greenshank flew in to join the other already feeding in the shallows.  Totally evading our gaze, two more dunlin joined the other four already present.  This presented a small group of a wider national influx of this species this morning.  They seem to be everywhere. In the scrub, a lesser whitethroat , sedge warbler , and reed warbler were singing.  At least nine yellow wagtail were feeding out on the grass islands.

Broom GPs - waderfest

It's been great on Broom so far this spring - the wader count has been impressive and with the receding water levels, the exposed mud is proving its worth.  Today the scrape looked more like the freshmarsh at Titchwell than a small reserve in South Beds - or - Al-broom-feira if you will. On the scrapes were three each of wood sandpiper , summer plumage dunlin , oystercatcher , little ringed plover , and a single greenshank .  Incredible having all this 12 minutes from home.

Lakenheath Fen RSPB

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Only an hour away, Lakenheath is always good for a morning walk without having to leave particularly early.  Within half our of arriving, a hobby , couple of cuckoo , drake garganey , six black-tailed godwit , a greenshank , a dozen avocet , and a reeling grasshopper warbler had already been observed without really making tracks. It was a glorious morning, light winds that held a chill but the sun has strength at this time of year.  A hike up to Joist Fen was met with a sky full of circling hobby, at least 20 here feeding on insects that had emerged as the day began to warm.  Such an amazing sight and so evocative of spring here in the fens.   Marsh harrier were in the mood circling over the reeds and warblers were singing everywhere -  a great way to spend a Sunday morning.