14 keen people ventured out for the first time, since March before lockdown, to Sibly Back Lake to enjoy a few hours of birdwatching in fine weather. We had to observe Covid rules so split into 2 groups and headed off in opposite directions around the lake. Early migrants were about and we observed some 35 species of waders and smaller birds. To our delight we found the Pectoral Sandpiper which breeds in N. America and Asia and overwinters in S. America and Oceania - just passing through. On the lake apart from our usual range of gulls, cormorant and Canada Geese there were plenty of Little Grebes, some Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Coots, Teal and Curlew. Of the other birds we recorded plenty of Wagtails, particularly the pied but some grey and possibly white. A few house martins and swallows were still about as well as meadow pipits, wheatear, goldfinch, wrens and robins in full song now that they are getting territorial again.
Dunlin & Meadow Pipit Little Grebe Pectoral Sandpiper
Ringed Plover Robin Pied Wagtail
Photographs by Jasmina Goodair