17 April 2014

Warbler arrival at the patch

Some visible migration at Staines Moor today, with good numbers of warblers! A Grasshopper Warbler was heard singing and showed briefly three times mid afternoon in the swamp in the south-east corner, where it spent most of the time out of sight in Lesser Pond Sedge Carex acutiformis, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (2 NW corner, 1 NE corner), 2 Common Whitethroat and 1 Willow Warbler along Bonehead Ditch were my first of the year, and 2 Sedge Warbler (1 Butts Pond, 1 SE marsh), 22 Blackcap and 18 Chiffchaff were also logged, and the 2 Cetti's Warblers are still present (1 at Butts Pond, 1 Bonehead Ditch in NE corner).

Other migrants seen were 1 Common Tern over E, 2 (1m, 1f) Northern Wheatear around the anthills in the NE corner, 1 imm. Peregrine SE, 6 Sand Martin (inc. 3 lingering over the Colne mid afternoon), 8 Barn Swallow and 10 Goldfinch N (and 3 local birds). Also noted: 1 Red Kite, 1+ Little Egret, 2 Shelduck W, 4 Egyptian Goose (3E and 1 on the deck briefly then S), 2 Redshank seen displaying beside the Colne, 11+ Northern Lapwing, 12+ Linnet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard (the resident pair), 7 Reed Bunting, 12 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Canada Goose over, c.70 Starling and lots of Skylark and Meadow Pipit.

A few more butterflies were on the wing today including 4m Orange-tip, 3 small tortoiseshell, 1+ Brimstone and lots of Peacocks. Finally, had a patch mammal tick early morning in the form of a Reeve's Muntjac Muntiacus reevesi near the old railway.

Record shot of today's gropper at the swamp

Lots of Peacock butterflies flying at the moment

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