Yesterday saw my first Sand Martins of the year which was a very welcome surprise as for what ever reason they had fallen off my radar. The intention was to go and photography a stunning drake Pintail which has been at Radipole for a couple of days but got distracted by some of these little critters feeding over the reserve.
The bloody pintail decided to stay half a mile away but the Sand Martins more than made up for that. A good selection of waders kept the interest going in work yesterday as Green Sandpiper, Black tailed Godwits including a really bright bird which was presumably of the icelandica race. Also I count 82 snipe in one spread out flock which included the Long-billed Dowitcher. Sadly it not quite as obliging as the last time it was at Radipole so this is a picture from when it was outside the visitor centre.
I will hopefully be travelling up to Wales tomorrow where siskin and redpoll are on the ringing menu so fingers crossed for some decent weather!