Monday 18 April 2011
Numbers of water birds have dropped off considerably in the last month but a total of 556 individuals of 18 species is probably close to average. Highlights were two Little Ringed Plovers, three Common Terns and a Wheatear. An Oystercatcher flew over my head making a racket and a pair of Egyption Geese were shepherding young - no idea how many as they were in and out of the reeds but "lots".
Wednesday 13 April 2011
While waiting for the car to be fixed I walked along the bank of the Thames from Wallingford towards Cholsey. Very quiet with a Chiff Chaff and a couple of Blackcaps braving the cooler temperatures to give quick bursts of song and a Sedge Warbler giving forth from the depths of Blackthorn blossom - it did briefly pop its head out to take a look at me. The only other surprise was a Gadwall in close company with a Mallard - don't think I want to go down those thoughts!
Wednesday 6 April 2011
Only 11 individuals but 6 species - Brimstone, Large White (2), Orange Tip, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell (5) and Peacock. A garden along St. Helen's Crescent played host to 18 Waxwings but they were either flighty or I was otherwise engaged so managed to miss them - perhaps tomorrow?
Tuesday 5 April 2011
Managed to find half an hour for a brief visit to Preston Crowmarsh Sewage works this morning. Delighted to catch up with Swallow (about 5 or 6), a single House Martin and a singing Willow Warbler. In a nearby field a couple of Lapwings which seem settled.
Monday 4 April 2011
Still little to report but a pair of Brambling on the feeders in the garden at lunch time. Although I have seen both seperately before this is the first time I have seen them together in the garden.