Green Sandpiper, Felbrigg water meadow
The sun came out for our afternoon family walk, with youngest grandson Noah, to Felbrigg Park. Birding highlights included Marsh Tit and Treecreeper by the screen, Goldeneye and female Mandarin on the lake, and, as I was scanning the now well drained water meadow, a Green Sandpiper – a NENBC area ‘first’ for 2015, and a ‘blog’ tick! Green Sandpiper occasionally over-winter and are amongst the first of the expected returning wader migrants. On the return walk through the shelter belt I finally connected with the Willow Warbler which has been hanging around for the past ten days or so – another ‘blog’ tick.
On a much sadder note, there appears to have been an amphibian massacre, involving dozens of frogs and toads, by the new sluice. Several dying animals appeared to have suffered puncture wounds – I’m mystified as to the ‘culprit’. Any suggestions welcome.
Injured Common Toad
Photos courtesy of Jane Williams