Sunday, 7 May 2017

7th May: Lapwing chicks and May migrants

Despite the grey, chilly, windy weather this week, it has been a delight to discover several Lapwing chicks amongst the grass on Blakeney Marsh.
Lapwing chick in grass (A. Tegala)

We manage the freshwater grazing marsh specifically to benefit the Lapwing. So it is very rewarding to see lots of chicks happily learning to walk amongst the lush grass.

As well as young birds in the fields, there are countless tadpoles in the dykes, ditches, pools and ponds.

Over on Blakeney Point, we have been treated to several spring migrants this weekend. These include Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Redstarts, Wheatears, a Whinchat, Garden Warbler, Osprey, Pied Flycatcher, Grey Wagtail and this splendid male Cuckoo.
Cuckoo in the garden (A. Tegala)

It perched obligingly in the brambles near the Lifeboat House where it feasted on caterpillars in between dive-bomb attacks from nearby nesting Linnets.

Other sightings this week included an adult Great Skua sat on the beach on Friday.
Great Skua off Blakeney Point (R. Porter)

Grey Plover and Knot head northeast (R. Porter)

Another discovery on the Point this weekend was the first Oystercatcher egg. Nesting appears to have been delayed by the cold weather. But it won't be long before several will be incubating their camouflaged eggs in shallows scrapes amongst the shingle. When visiting, please be mindful of birds nesting on the ground and amongst the grass.

- Ajay, Ranger

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