1 May 2014

Migration at a trickle

A south-westerly wind, partially clear skies overnight and rain before dawn failed to produce any of the hoped for passage waders at the patch today (1 May), or many other migrants for that matter. On Staines Moor, 15 Common Swift, including a group of 14, and 1 Garden Warbler beside the Colne at the north end were my first of the year. A female Northern Wheatear at the north end was new in, as was a female Common Cuckoo at the north end that found itself being chased by a male, that was calling its head off trying to impress. There are also a lot more Common Tern around now, with 3+ fishing along the Colne for much of the day and several overhead.

The second Grasshopper Warbler is still present and showed extremely well (no sign of the first bird in the swamp), and also logged were 4 Tufted Duck NE (scarce here), 5 Sedge Warbler (swamp - including 3 singing males), 1+ House Martin, 7+ Barn Swallow, 3+ Redshank, 1 Shelduck W, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher along the Colne, 2 Common Buzzard, 2+ Gadwall, 3 Canada Goose NW, 1 Pied Wagtail and 1(H) Cetti's Warbler beside the Colne at the north end (with another heard Stanwell/Staines Moor along Bonehead Ditch).

13 cattle have now been put out to graze - a tiny number, but hopefully they will attract some passing wagtails.

This male Cuckoo Cuckoo was getting a bit frisky with the arrival of a female at Staines Moor today

Quite pleased with these pics considering the bad light today. The white patch on the left wing is not a digital artefact, its
on the same part of the wing all the photos?

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