On Sunday morning a small group of local birders visited the farm to see the Green-winged Teal which showed nicely to an appreciative audience. On the most spring-like day of the year so far it was a most enjoyable morning to be birding around the wetland. In addition to our North American celebrity there was an increase to four Shoveler and four Shelduck. A pair of Gadwall and two Egyptian Geese were also present whilst a group of seven snipe were on North Screed. Maybe this year a pair will linger to breed... A couple of Meadow Pipits had joined the flock of Pied Wagtails, which also hosted a White Wagtail. However, of more significance in terms of the farm bird list was a Rock Pipit, a species I had not previously seen here. Although easily encountered along the coast this species remains scarce away from the coastal strip. This is most likely to have been a bird headed for Scandinavian breeding grounds and a pleasing addition to the farm list which now stands at 146. I wonder if 150 can be reached in 2014?
I noted display from the local Lapwings for the first time this year, so, hopefully it will not be too long before they are laying eggs and raising lots of young. Other birds showing signs of breeding activity were singing Skylarks, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker and several singing Reed Buntings, whilst other birds of interest sighted during the morning included a male Peregrine and a Kingfisher.