Mar – Apr 2016

Yellow, black and red were themes of the period, with the headlines provided by a long-staying Yellow-browed Warbler.

Observations

First Meadow

Mar – Apr 2016

Star bird of the period was a Yellow-browed Warbler, which stayed in the South Lagoons for the best part of a month, and remained uncaught despite bouncing no less than three times from mist nets.

Maintaining the yellow theme was a Yellow-legged Gull, two Yellow Wagtails, and 12 Yellowhammers at a roost.

At least 20 Jack Snipe in the Meadows in early March beats the previous Rye Meads – and Herts – records, six being caught and ringed. Other water birds of note were a Bittern, an Avocet, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel and a Dunlin.

A pair of Ravens was another fine sighting. Spring migration included up to 12 Goldcrests, and the usual influxes of warblers, with up to 50 Blackcaps, 8 Garden Warblers and also a Grasshopper Warbler. A male Redstart was another find in South Lagoons, and there were also records of Wheatear and Water Pipit. Finally, seven Linnets was the best count for several years, yet another highlight for an eventful couple of months.

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