5 April 2014

Snippets of Sedge Warbler subsong

A very slow day at the patch today. A Sedge Warbler heard in sub-song a couple of times on Stanwell Moor (just the other side of Bonehead Ditch) is my earliest patch record. Also on Stanwell Moor: 1 Red Kite N, 4 Shelduck SE, 1H Cetti's Warbler near the boardwalk, 1H Blackcap and 1H Chiffchaff.

On Staines Moor, 7 Sand Martin lingering around the Colne mid afternoon, 8(7H) Chiffchaff and 3(2H) Blackcap were the only migrants of note. Good to see 2+ Redshank back on site and c17 Northern Lapwing, including several territorial birds. Also logged: 2 Cetti's Warbler still (1 Butts Pond and 1 Bonehead Ditch), 3 Red Kite over, 2-3 Common Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck on The Butts before heading off west, 2+ Common Buzzard (the local birds, seen perching up along the old railway), 1 Pied Wagtail along Colne, 7 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Coot, c19 Mallard, 4+ Greylag Goose over, 2 Canada Goose N, 2+ Grey Heron, lots of singing and displaying Skylark and Meadow Pipit, and 1m Common Pheasant.

A single Peacock was the only butterfly seen today in cold, dull and windy conditions, but I did find my first flowering Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris of the year.

Redshank beside the Colne this afternoon. Lets hope at least one pair breed successfully this year.

1 of 3 Red Kites over Staines Moor today. This one drifted very low overhead a couple times - eyeing me up as I started to tire
after a long day in the field!

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