Saturday, April 05, 2008

Saturday 5th April

Just a quick mid-morning visit was managed today. It was another beautiful day with lovely sunshine, but the temperature did seem a little cooler than yesterday.

My walk was made all the more special when 2 Swallows and 2 House Martins – the first hirundines of the year – were spotted catching insects over the eastern part of the Lake, 15 Chiff Chaffs were heard, 5 Blackcaps were heard, 1 Jay was heard, a Goldcrest called from a Wellingtonia as I passed underneath, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard, a Stock Dove was seen in an Oak, and a Little Owl perched just inside its hole.

Birds seen on the Lake were 5 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, a pair of Tuftie, 3 Great Crested Grebes, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of roughly 45 Black-headed Gulls, and 7 Common Gulls.

Also noted was the sighting of a Slowworm relaxing in the Sun. I later found out from another birder that a Willow Warbler was singing in the wet wood this morning - my mid-morning visit must have been a little too late to hear it.


Steve said...

Looks like the migrants are starting to arrive in force! Suprised after your Whitethroat yesterday that I didn't get one today - New Hythe is normally alive with them!

Warren Baker said...

Good to see you've got swallows and House Martins Simon, send 'em through!

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