It's that time of the year again - the Common Bird Census at Pitsford Res! Starting at 6am this morning on a cold and frosty morning, there was a surprising number of avian songsters despite the initial grey conditions. By way of example there were six singing Song Thrushes in the Holcot Bay banging out their repeated volleys of musical noise!
Most birds noted were very much the norm, with plenty of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs on territory and some Willow Warblers too. An early Reed Warbler had to do with some Blackthorn to sing from and it will be some weeks yet before any reeds have grown up! On territory Marsh Tits were in two areas and a couple of Lesser Redpolls were buzzing about. One pair of Oystercatcher had doubled to two pairs. Other birders noted a Garden Warbler and Peregrine.
Just as I was about to leave, a last scan with the binoculars revealed a summer plumage Black-necked Grebe near to the Lagoon Hide. Subsequently two more appeared from underneath waterside willows and all three were watched as they dived and took insects off the surface of the water.
|Lady's Smock or Cuckoo Flower|
|Mallard with ducklings|