Sunday, 24 April 2016

Lings & Summer Leys

A visit to Ling's Wood earlyish this morning was rewarded with views of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming on its favourite dead tree branch. There has been some rivalry for this position in recent days with a Great Spotted Woodpecker claiming priority over its diminutive cousin. 

Whilst viewing the bird yesterday a fox in pursuit of a baby rabbit was somewhat surprised to see me in the middle of the path, it didn't hang around for long after realising its error.

After calling in at Ling's, the next stop was Summer Leys.
The Spotted Redshank and a couple of Greenshank were again visible in Wader Bay whilst the Wood Sandpiper was on the scrape with 3 Little Ringed Plover. Snipe numbers had jumped overnight to at least 23 birds.
2 Whimbrel were wandering the grassy bank beside the disused railway occasionally finding a morsel to eat, whilst keeping a wary eye on a passing Buzzard. A third bird flew through calling but didn't stop to join its colleagues.

Garden and Reed warbler were new in today, whilst an enthusiastically singing Sedge Warbler was on show between the Feed Station and Kim's Corner.

Two further Little Ringed Plover were present on Gull Island whilst a fly through Yellow Wagtail was my first of the year.

Last Wednesday a visit to Glapthorn Cow Pasture was rewarded with views of a singing Nightingale in the undergrowth 150m or so from the entrance to the wood.

Finally, the Pasque flowers at Barnack Hills and Holes have just come into bloom.


                                 Neil H.

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