Stood at the bottom of the garden and could here the first singing Whitethroat of the year. Also Great spotted Woodpecker drumming. After work headed for the patch stopped at the gate just before the reserve and picked up what i thought initially was going to be 4 Very Distant Cormorant, just a black dot in the sky. For some reason i thought id scope them anyway just in case. A good job i did as they turned into 4 Common Cranes....... booom patch tick. I watched them circle the reserve at distant for about an hour before loosing them in the sky heading north. Jack Snipe was the only other notable bird.
Hollesley rspb this am. First 2 Whimbrel of the year and a summer plumage Bar tailed Godwit. Little Ringed Plover, 7 Pink footed Geese roosted here 6 from Boyton. 1 1st Summer White-fronted goose still. Med gulls moving up n down river. Jack snipe still from river wall. Swallows now turning up and a few more Sedge Warblers now in. Blumin cold wind. 3 more Bar tailed Godwits dropped in later. Long staying Canalag below.
Back to Hollesley 4 Little Ringed Plover and 6 Yellow Wagtails.
An amazing garden bird heard today Nightingale, id been searching the common for them yesterday but failed, so was very pleased to get it on the heard from the garden list. Nipped up to the sand quarry to find it there. Recorded it on the phone and got a couple of quick views.
April 21stStill a very cool wind today at Hollesley but first Sandwich Tern of the year, plenty of Yellow Wagtails now and the white-fronted goose still. 5 Pink footed Geese, dropping in numbers now. Another Emperor moth to the garden lure.
Finished the day having lunch at Ramsholt arms where i scoped 13 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Spotted Redshank.