Monday, 16 March 2009

Holehaven Creek

A glorious day for my monthly survey of the water birds in Holehaven Creek, temperature rose to a dizzy 17 c!

Highlights of the count were Black-tailed Godwit 1,380 and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit also 397 Curlew.

My personal highlight was this cracking male Wheatear on the seawall, this is my earliest ever recorded in the UK, my previous earliest was last year at RSPB Rainham Marshes on March 19. I have been recording my own earliest summer migrant dates since 1985, are things changing? Is spring getting earlier? Wheatears seem to think so!

Also seen on the seawall was my first Common Lizard of the year.