Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Quiet Times

Despite being out and about I have seen very little with everywhere appearing to be very quiet. So this blog is a result of other people's contributions, thank you. 
Eric Graham writes " myself and Ken Spriggs spent a good morning on the reserve [Titchmarsh, Thrapston], but could not walk around the reserve as Harpers brook had burst its bank again. Plenty of warblers calling, at least 7 calling Cettis, 5 singing Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, plenty of Chiffchaff and up to 10 Blackcap.
Also 5 Common Tern and a flock of 70+ Swallows and Martin mostly sitting on the power line.
There was a pretty vocal Water Rail in front of south hide. Winter ducks are still holding their own with good numbers of Teal and Goldeneye, a small flock of Shovelar and a few Wigeon and Gadwall. "

Kenny Cramer and his ringers were at their Milton Keynes site a few days ago [ Saturday 7th April]
Kenny writes " 40 birds of 13 species.  5 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper and our first Kingfisher of the year kept things interesting, while a retrap of one of last years Cettis was an encouraging sign that these recent colonisers have not faired too badly through the harsh winter.
The day was however dominated by the arrival of Blackcaps with 18 birds ringed.
Sightings today included a Sandwich Tern, the long staying Cattle Egret, 12 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Swallow and a House Martin. An Osprey was reported over the fishing lake but unfortunately not seen by us.
2 Grass Snakes were good evidence of the very welcome warmer weather. "

Blackcap release in slow motion

Regards Eleanor

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