Escape to the Planet of the Ducks

The mist and cloud weren’t quite as productive as I’d hoped migrant-wise this morning as I combined my daily exercise with a site visit at Ainsdale.
Plenty singing away – 30+ Whitethroats, the infestation of Willow Warblers, 4-5 Grasshopper Warblers, only 3 Sedge Warblers on my circuit and of course Skylarks, Dunnocks and Wrens, all of which are having a ball as the site remains quieter in terms of humans and dogs than usual.
Best songster of the morning though was a Water Rail which has been on territory for a few weeks now and snored, squealed, coughed and barked like there was no tomorrow from deep cover at first light.
Brilliantly daft.
Just four nice bright Wheatears and pulses of Sand Martins and Swallows north.

The quiet continues to see some species benefitting and pushing into new territories – Lapwings, Greylags and squadrons of Shelducks, some clearly nesting.

Some slacks are still deeply flooded as mentioned on previous posts and Teal, Gadwall, Tufties, Mallards and others are all paired off and looking shifty in this bizarre new “Planet of the Ducks”, and that’s before I get to Sands Lake.
A Greenshank headed north calling away and a few squadrons of Dunlin did likewise.
Just one lone Redpoll though – I can count up the number of these and Siskins I’ve had this spring without taking my shoes and socks off.
Wall Brown butterflies and Ruby Tiger on the wing.
Thanks as ever for all your news – please keep it coming, it’s good to stay in touch in this strange world.