12 May 2013

A few more passage migrants

A few hours at Staines Moor this morning produced a few more migrants, the best of which was a Dunlin frustratingly flushed from the Colne right under my feet at 06:30. Also, 1f Whinchat in the north-west corner, 4 (1m, 3f) Northern Wheatear around the anthills at the north end, 1 Yellow Wagtail S, 1 Pied Wagtail, 46 Common Swift (mainly west), 5 House Martin W and 2 Barn Swallow. Also logged; 1+ Redshank (possibly nesting), 5+ Northern Lapwing (no birds have nested on Staines Moor this year), 1+ Hobby (including a bird hunting Starlings around the cattle), 1 Red Kite S, 1f Gadwall and 2 Little Egret along the Colne.

No significant change on Stanwell Moor. 2 Common Swift W, 1(H) Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler, 1(H) Lesser Whitethroat and 3(2H) Sedge Warbler were the most noteworthy birds, and I saw my first Green-veined White of the year.

Today's female Whinchat

One pair of Redshank are showing signs of breeding this year, but maybe on Stanwell Moor

Thread-leaved Water-crowfoot Ranunculus trichophyllus are currently flowering in the shallow pools on Staines Moor

Female Green-veined White Pieris napi

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