Hail's View

I made quick lunchtime visit to Hail's View in occasional showers and at times quite a chilly wind. I was hoping to spot one of the returning Redshank that have been reported recently, and it wasn't looking good until I eventually heard their wonderul alarm call in the distance, the sound for which they get their name "the wardens of the marsh". I then spotted two in low flight; the white hind-wing flashes being obvious from quite a distance. This was one of two year ticks today, the other being Mandarin which I first heard then saw two birds flying across the south brooks towards Rackham. A single Mediterranean Gull sitting on the water with a few Black-headed Gulls was an added bonus. Other highlights from the 38 species seen were a single Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Green Woodpecker yaffling from the dead ash tree, and a Kestrel seen again in black wood. 

Green Woodpecker


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