Monday, 1 April 2013

April full day - red green and all between...

One of those days at Tophill today.  Despite my efforts to get on with the membership renewals and mountain of year end office work I was constantly thwarted by the rarities being callously found by a succession of Tophill stalwarts.  Firstly we had a records breaking 8 little egrets on Hempholme Meadow last night - a near certain all time maxima by Roy Vincent.  Trevor Malkin this morning then reported osprey from Watton NR at 10am before we discovered the woodcock back at the centre.  Keith Rotherham then refound the 6 goosanders on D res before reclaiming the real prize - red necked grebe on O again. John Coish sent these great pics from yesterday:

Thanks to Roy L for this excellent shot from O res screen which it does come in close to with patience:
Likewise Andy Nunn for this stunner:

Martin Hodges arrived at lunchtime and promptly then uncovered black necked grebe on D res - again thanks to Roy for the picture:

With great crested grebe and little grebe resident we just need a slavonian for the full house!  Not to be outdone Erich Hediger then found green-winged teal on O Res.  As ever visit Martin's and Erich's excellent blogs. - again a Roy pic:

It was accompanied by a 'female teal' whose identity remains debated:

And just to complete the run Roy, Erich, Martin L and John H then capped off the movement of pied wagtails with a white wagtail on D res wall:

It sounds like a fool's line up but all genuine! Hopefully summer time will continue on the same course...this hedgehog by John likely hopes it'll warm up!