20 April 2014

A second gropper

Clear skies yesterday evening, clouding over with heavy cloud and moderate north-easterlies by dawn, failed to produce any significant fall or movement of migrants overhead at Staines Moor today. A second Grasshopper Warbler showed extremely well along the east side during breaks between the rain, and also saw the bird found on Thursday still singing in the same place. Overhead, 1 Common Tern E, 6 Barn Swallow NE and 6 Sand Martin ENE were the only migrants noted.

Also logged: 4(3H) Lesser Whitethroat (hawthorns at north end), 3 Sedge Warbler (swamp), 9(7H) Blackcap, 4(3H) Chiffchaff, 1 Common Snipe (dropped onto the moor during a storm), 4+ Gadwall on the pools on the east side, 2+ Redshank, 7+ Northern Lapwing, 1H Cetti's Warbler (Butts Pond), 2 Little Egret along the Colne, 2+ Common Buzzard (local birds), 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Bonehead Ditch), 6 Reed Bunting, 19(1H) Linnet and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

With help from Rob Innes I also managed to see Upright Chickweed Moenchia erecta at last. I'll have to go back on a warm sunny day to photograph them with the flowers open.

On Stanwell Moor, 1 Cetti's Warbler glimpst in the 'car field' reedbed.

The second Grasshopper Warbler of the spring

The second Grasshopper Warbler. I wonder if these birds will stop to breed?


  1. Your diligence paid off, Lee. I wish I'd had the same amount of patience this morning