This morning was taken up completing another Common Bird Census around the reserve section of Pitsford Reservoir. No surprises with a very typical set of Pitsford birds, scarcer species being a Red Kite, a Raven, 2 Oystercatchers, a few Common Terns, 2 Kingfishers and 2-3 Lesser Redpolls. Plenty of Greylags have taken to nesting on the vegetated rafts first introduced last year. Still not many Garden Warblers on-site yet and more Blackcaps are expected. A few butterflies emerged during the late morning sunshine which included Orange-tip. Pitsford is not a great place for wild flowers but the annual show of several specimens of Snake's Head Fritillary are noteworthy and probably at about their best currently.
|First year Red Kite|
|Snake's Head Fritillary|