14 April 2013

Hirundine arrival

A five hour session at the patch this afternoon revealed an arrival of hirundines. On Staines Moor, 65 Barn Swallow over (mainly NW), 3+ House Martin and 2+ Sand Martin logged. Other migrants noted were 8 Chiffchaff, 1 (H) Blackcap, and 2 Pied Wagtail (W and S). Other birds seen included 2 Redshank, 4-5 Common Snipe, 1+ Little Egret along the Colne, 2 Canada Geese SW, 1m Common Teal, 1 Kestrel, 2m Reed Bunting, small numbers of Meadow Pipit, 1 singing Goldcrest, 1 Linnet and 3+ Jay. On Stanwell Moor, 10 Barn Swallow NW, 3 Chiffchaff (1H), 2 Northern Lapwing, 1 Kestrel and 2 House Martin around Stanwell Moor Village were also noted.

Common Chiffchaff

Also had my first butterflies of the year with a Brimstone on Stanwell Moor, and 1 Comma, 6 Peacock and more 8 Brimstone on Staines Moor.

Comma Polygonia c-album

Peacock Aglais io

Weather: Sunny, blustery southerly wind, warm.

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