5 May 2016

Staines Moor: 5 May

With high pressure over central Europe and a low situated just north-west of Britain, the airflow over southern England finally switched to a southerly today. But with warm temperatures and bright clear skies there was little hope of grounded migrants at Staines Moor today.

2 singing male Garden Warblers (1 NE corner, 1 west hawthorns) were the first of the year and not on the usual territories so presumably migrants. A very secretive Grasshopper Warbler was reeling intermittently and showed only very fleetingly, and Sedge Warblers have now arrived in force with at least 9 (1H) counted, with 3 in the Lesser Pond Sedge in the swamp, including 2 birds paired up (although this is not a site-wide count and many more must be present).

Lots of singing Sedge Warblers on site today, including this one in the swamp

Record of today's Grasshopper Warbler - extremely elusive, even by gropper standards

I had higher hopes that the sky would produce something, but 5 Red Kite (1 purposely high N and 4 presumed locals), 1 Common Swift high N, 2 Sand Martin NE and 12 Barn Swallow (mainly N) was all I could pick up. 2+ Eurasian Hobby were probably our local birds returned.

Also noted were 1 Reed Warbler (reeds by bridge to Stanwell Moor), 2(1H) Lesser Whitethroat, 4(1H) Common Whitethroat, 2(1H) Chiffchaff, 2 (1m, 1f) Stonechat still in the SE corner (though no sign of any nesting activity), 4 Common Shelduck (1m, 1f on The Butts, and 2 south, landing on the Colne briefly), 4 Redshank (Colne and east pool), 3+ Little Egret (Colne), 2+ Common Tern (Colne), 1 Northern Lapwing over W (probably a Stanwell Moor bird), 25+ Linnet, 5 (4m, 1f) Reed Bunting, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 2 (1m, 1f) Kestrel, 1 Pied Wagtail (Colne), 9 Eurasian Starling (around the cattle), 1 Common Buzzard (presumed local), 2H Cetti's Warbler (Butts Pond and north end of Colne), and lots of Skylark and Meadow Pipit.

Quite a few butterflies flying today at Staines Moor including 1 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral, lots of Orange-tip, 2m Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1m Small White. Sadly the Long-tailed Tit nest I found on my last visit looked like it had been predated and pulled apart.

Stanwell Moor added 3 Northern Lapwing, 2 Barn Swallow N, 1 Common Buzzard and 4 Common Shelduck E.

Weather: Calm early morning then light S-SE wind developing, warm, sunny with some hazy cloud at times.

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