17 May 2014

Where did spring migration go?

After a good start with a few good scarce birds, it seems that spring passage is over as soon as it began! It felt very much like summer is here already at the patch today.

Absolutely no sense of any movement today with just a single Common Swift N and 3+ Barn Swallow and a Common Tern loitering around the Colne. The local Hobbys are back with 2-3 seen throughout the day, and the second Grasshopper Warbler is still present, reeling away in short bursts and showing well. 2 Red-legged Partridge flew onto the NE corner of Staines Moor from Bonehead woodland (a good record here), and the Cetti's Warbler in the NE corner showed well for once.

48 cattle are now grazing along with 8 horses. No Yellow Wags yet but 28 Starling consisted of mainly juveniles. Also noted; 7 Sedge Warbler (1 Colne, rest Swamp), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 4 Redshank, 6+ Northern Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 2m Pied Wagtail, 2f Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron over NE, 6 Linnet, lots of Meadow Pipit, a few Skylark, 3(H) Chiffchaff, and 13+ Mute Swan (mainly over).

A few more butterflies have emerged. The first 2 Small Coppers of the year, 1+ Small Heath, 1 brief Common Blue and a probable Holly Blue were noted, along with lots of Green-veined Whites, a few Orange-tips, 2 Brimstones, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 few Peacocks. Also, Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens have emerged in numbers, quite a few Ephemera danica mayflies today - much to the appreciation of the Hobbys, and Yellow Flag Iris Iris pseudacorus are now flowering everywhere.

Stanwell Moor added 1 juv Robin, 2 Shelduck, a Cuckoo heard distantly, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, and lots of Common Comfrey Symphytum officinale flowering by the boardwalk.

A very fresh Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas on Staines Moor today

Plenty of Green-veined Whites Pieris napi around today

Ephemera danica

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