20 April 2013

Gropper at the moor

I'd only just started checking the hawthorns in the northwest corner of Staines Moor early this morning, when the distinctive reeling of a Grasshopper Warbler starting up. After a couple of flight views, the bird eventually flew out into the long grass where I watched it for a while feeding on the ground. Managed a few record shots as it perched briefly back up in the hawthorn.

Grasshopper Warbler

A noticeable influx of Blackcap today with 18 (1H) including a pair nest building, 12 Chiffchaff (2H, and a pair nest building) but still just 2 Common Whitethroat. Overhead, 3+ Red Kite, 4+ Common Buzzard, c20 Barn Swallow, 1 Greylag Goose W, 1 Mistle Thrush S were logged. Also noted were 1 Red-legged Partridge (my second patch record), 5 (3m, 2f) Northern Wheatear, 3+ Redshank, 18 Blackcap (1H, and a pair nest building), 6 Linnet and 2+ Little Egret. Butterflies noted include 3 Comma, 5 Peacock and 2 Brimstone.

At least 3 Red Kites today

4+ Common Buzzard today

Female Northern Wheater. 5 birds present today.

PATCH MEGA!!! Red-legged Partridge - my second record at Staines Moor

Comma Polygonia c-album

A very brief look at Stanwell Moor added 4+ Cuckoo (4 seen flying together), 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat (2H), 3 Willow Warbler (1H), 7 Blackcap (1H), 3 Chiffchaff (1H), 2 Barn Swallow, 1 Goldcrest and 7+ Northern Lapwing.

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