Friday, 6 April 2012

One more


 

 A gentle amble around the Grove/Stodmarsh reserve today with Chidders revealed a little less in the way of migrants than last week, but still a pleasant morning in the fresh frosty and sunny start to the Easter weekend. Ten Shelduck were on the Ramp pool as were 6 Garganey (4 drakes) and the more expected commoner ducks. A Water Rail called from deep within the reed bed and 11 Marsh Harriers were noted. A Mistle Thrush was giving a perched Kestrel a hard time for a short while, 3 Sparrowhawks past over as did 2 Little Egrets while several Goldfinch and Greenfinch busied themselves around the Ramp and Paddocks. Still some winter hangers on with 4 Fieldfare in the orchard but spring migrants seeming to falter with just 3 Blackcaps, 3 Sedge Warblers, 7 Cetti’s Warblers and 10 Chiffchaffs being recorded. Brendan, however, did find the first Reed Warbler of the year along the Lampen Wall while Marsh hide held 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Ruff, 5 Redshank and 1 Common Snipe. Other odds and sods making the note book were 5 Common Buzzards, 3 Swallows, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Grey Herons and 4 Canada Geese.
Chiffchaff

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