18 April 2014

Sand Martin movement

A late start at Staines Moor this morning cost me a Ring Ouzel! Although still present when I arrived late morning, I couldn't be bothered to join the crowd chasing after it. A noticeable movement of Sand Martin this afternoon with 77+ over in just a couple of hours, mainly NE (with another 11+ over King George VI Reservoir), and 16 Barn Swallow mixed in. The Grasshopper Warbler was still present, but I saw it only once briefly early evening.

Also logged: 1 ad. Peregrine over, 1 Red Kite, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Snipe, 2H Lesser Whitethroat, 1H Cetti's Warbler at Butts Pond, 1+ Redshank, 13+ Northern Lapwing, 3 Shelduck (2W, 1NE), 2+ Common Buzzard (the local birds), 3 Mistle Thrush, 2+ Grey Heron, 6 Linnet, 6+ Reed Bunting, 5(3H) Chiffchaff (including a pair on territory along the old railway), 4(3H) Blackcap (no doubt there were a lot more warblers present but I neglected the bushes today), c.15 Stock Dove, and lots of Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Starling about.

One of a pair of Chiffchaff holding territory along the old railway today

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