9 April 2014

Buzzard day at Staines Moor

With high pressure over much of western Europe and southern England bringing light south-westerlies and very little cloud cover, skywatching was the order of the day at the Moor today. A good movement of Common Buzzard with 12+ migrants over (excluding the resident pair also seen displaying), 4+ Red Kite over, 1f Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 2 House Martin NW, 21 Sand Martin mainly NW and 4 Barn Swallow mainly NW.

Unsurprisingly there were very few migrants on the ground, with just 1f Northern Wheatear around the anthills at the north end, 7 Blackcap and 9 Chiffchaff. Also seen: 2 Common Redshank along the Colne, 1-2 Common Snipe, 2(1H) Cetti's Warbler, 3+ Little Egret, 18 Linnet, 2-3 Pied Wagtail along the Colne, 5 Reed Bunting, 9+ Northern Lapwing, including several birds still on territory, and lots of Meadow Pipit and Skylark. Also, 3 Brimstone and 7 Peacock butterflies today.

On Stanwell Moor, 1 Sedge Warbler heard singing, 1H Cetti's Warbler by the boardwalk, 5 Barn Swallow and 1H Chiffchaff were noted.

Female Northern Wheatear - one of few grounded migrants today