6 May 2013

Bank holiday patch tick

A few migrants today, the best of which was a patch tick in the form of 2 distant Whimbrel on the grass on the east side of Staines Moor for a few minutes before flying off west towards Wraysbury Reservoir calling at 07:30. Other migrants seen were 1 Common Swift W, 3 (1m, 2f) Northern Wheatear in the north-west corner, 2 Common Tern following the Colne north before heading off east, 1 Sand Martin and 9+ Barn Swallow. Also noted; a brief Treecreeper in the north-east corner along Bonehead Ditch (my second patch record), 2 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Red Kite S, 1 Common Buzzard W, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler (Butt's Pond), 1-2 Redshank, 2+ Northern Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, and 3 Little Egret along the Colne.

Common Tern over the Colne

A lot of Orange-tips around today. Other butterflies seen include a Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Speckled Wood.

Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria

On Stanwell Moor the Grasshopper Warbler was still singing east of the boardwalk (and could be heard from some way out on Staines Moor) but remained hidden, and 2 Garden Warbler, 1m Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Northern Lapwing, 3 House Martin, 10+ Barn Swallow and 1 'commic' tern W were seen.

Weather: Sunny, warm, dew early morning, 1 okta building to 2 oktas later, light north-westerly.

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