16 July 2006

Can winter start in July?

Took an early(ish) morning trip to Brandon Marsh today. As expected in July, the birding was quiet.

On the Carlton Pool were the highlights of the morning - four Green Sandpipers, something of a speciality at Brandon in recent years. These little waders are among our earliest return migrants. They have already bred in the far north of mainland Europe and are now on their way south again to wintering grounds in Southern Europe / North Africa (although in recent years, some have actually wintered in the UK).

Which all begs the question - is summer already over?

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