Lapwing, Felbrigg water meadow – possible breeding pair?
A had a walk round the Felbrigg estate yesterday lunchtime and again early this morning, looking for migrants. There was a single Swallow, hawking over the cattle in the field north of the water meadow and three Sand Martin over the lake, ahead of a rain shower, this morning. A male Blackcap is holding territory in bushes at the south east end of the lake and I saw a pair of Gadwall climbing down from the bank – they looked like they might be nest-site prospecting. There was a Marsh Tit near the informal feeders along the western edge of the lake. The pair of Lapwing are still on the water meadow and there was a pair of Oystercatcher along the dam wall. Yesterday, I heard a Little Grebe ‘singing’ from somewhere in the reed-bed. Still no other summer migrants yet – where are the Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, etc?
Oystercatcher, along the dam wall