28th April 2014 – First Cuckoo of the year…

Local birding this morning, it was nice to get out to be honest as it proper sucks when you have to work all weekend. I started off at Drumburgh where once again there were good numbers of Whimbrel – one of my favourite sounds on the Solway.





At North Plain a Cuckoo was heard, but alas not seen (as usual!). The drake Garganey was about as far away as it could be (as usual!), out in the open water near the back, the water levels here are dropping very fast and it’ll probably disappear soon.


Plenty of warblers singing their hearts out, and plenty of foliage on the trees and hedges now too, making photography somewhat tricky….

Garden Warbler (honest)

Garden Warbler (honest)

Common Whitethroat

Common Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat


Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

And the high tide roost at the Railings held good numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover…





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