Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Warblers everywhere !

After a slow start it now feels as if migration is in full flow with warblers etc adorning every bush and tree.
Yesterday Eric Graham visited Titchmarsh Reserve at Thrapston and writes " a very productive couple of hours on the reserve this morning, notched up 8 species of warbler. Sedge, Willow and Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat and 2 new arrivals Garden Warbler and a singing Nightingale at the footbridge.
There were large numbers of Sand and House Martin moving through as well as Swallows and at least 12 Swift.

I have been out and about over the last few days and have certainly noticed an increase in the presence of warblers with their song quite deafening at times. I lost count of how many Blackcaps and Willow Warblers were singing along the Brampton Valley Way as I went for a run.
Today at Harrington Airfield there was a singing Grasshopper Warbler between the first and second bunker. It was also very showy perched out in the open as if to say " look at me, I am here!" A Turtle Dove was again in the bushes at the second bunker and there was a singing Sedge Warbler in the bushes at the main entrance. Other birds of note were 2 Northern Wheatears, 4 Grey Partridge and several Yellow Wagtails.
This afternoon I revisited the area between Marston Trussell and Clipston and there were at least 4 Northern Wheatears and 8+ Yellow Wagtails in the sheep fields.
Obviously there has been a bit of movement of Northern Wheatears as there were up to 4 in the fields below Hanging Houghton this evening.

Regards Eleanor






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