22 March 2016

Staines Moor: 22 March

A rather mundane winter/spring transition day at Staines Moor today. 6 (5m, 1f) Reed Bunting (a few singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing N end), many singing and displaying Meadow Pipit and Skylark and 4 displaying Northern Lapwing created a spring-like feel. However, 3-4 Water Pipit (Colne - 3 in summer plumage), 2 (1m, 1f) Stonechat (south end), 10 Tufted Duck (8m, 2f Moor Lane lake), and a complete lack of any summer migrants reminded me that winter isn't quite over yet.

A little passage was noted overhead with 8-17 Common Buzzard (some moving north and west but at least 2 were local birds), 8 Red Kite, 1 Peregrine (very high S), 1m Chaffinch NE and an alba wagtail N.

Also noted were 3 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail (in Reedmace at southern end of the Colne. No sign of last week's bird under the willows), 2 Goldcrest, 4 Kestrel (including an adult male), 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk (at least 1 a female), 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Linnet, 6 Mallard (3m, 1f Colne, 1m, 1f Wraysbury) and a Cetti's Warbler H (Colne by boardwalk).

2m Brimstone were my first of the year and a couple of Cuckoo Flower Cardamine pratensis were in flower today.

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