7 April 2013

Still lacking spring migrants

The forecast looked good for migration today - high pressure over southern and western Europe and light south-easterlies in south-east England. However, six hours at the patch revealed very few spring migrants. A Red-throated Diver flying up from King George VI Reservoir, circling overhead at Stanwell Moor and then moving off south-east at 06:38 was a surprise, but probably the bird that has been present on the reservoir for much of the winter. Also on Stanwell Moor, 1 Little Ringed Plover in flight was my first in the UK this year, 3 Common Redshank and 1 Common Shelduck over E were new and 2 singing Common Chiffchaff and 8 displaying Northern Lapwing reminded me it was indeed spring. Also noted were 7 Common Snipe, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 13 Redwing, 21 Fieldfare, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Northern Shoveler and 1 Gadwall.

On Staines Moor, 2 Little Ringed Plover dropped down to the shore of the Colne briefly, and 2 Redshank (probably the same as the Stanwell Moor birds), 1 summer Water Pipit, 2 Common Snipe, 1+ Little Egret, 3 Gadwall, a pair of Common Teal, 4 Little Grebe and 2 Canada Geese (patch mega!) were also along the Colne. 1 Red Kite E, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 imm. Peregrine, 2 Greylag Geese S and 8 Canada Geese S were logged overhead and 1 Little Owl in the NW corner, 10 Linnet, c30 Meadow Pipit, 1 displaying Northern Lapwing, 2 Mistle Thrush and several Song Thrush were logged. With the sun shining local breeders are in full song and displaying on the moor including c30 Skylark, several Meadow Pipit, 8+ Reed Bunting, lots of Greenfinch, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Robin and Song Thrush.

Little Ringed Plover along the Colne - a spring migrant at last!

Great Tit

Weather: Sunny, very light cold southerly becoming south-easterly later, frost early morning with some ice on the pools.

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