Farlington was exceptional yesterday. I was lucky enough to be tied up with small jobs down there all day which meant that I could spend some time on the marsh without a loud piece of machinery. A cool, crisp day and a rising tide meant waders filled every available space and of course the stars of the show were playing around in the Point Field.
Right at the very southern edge of the reserve, the Point Field is a small are of scrub which over the last few years, has been favored by the short eared owls. Three have been seen over the last few days and have attracted a number of birders and photographers. Yesterday the wall had quite a few large lenses pointing their way.
Equally as impressive was the number of waders coming in to roost. Clouds of dunlin and grey plover adorned the islands around the southern edge and filled the lake. There was also a good number of snipe, lurking around the edges, a few knot and the usual hoard of black tailed godwits and redshank. One lonely avocet skulked in a hollow on the stream, mingled with a large number of pintail. All in all a lovely day on a lovely site with a lot of birds.
One nice thing to see was the number of widgeon, especially as they were using the areas that we had had cut in the late summer for them to graze on. I like it when a plan comes together.