Monday, 22 April 2013

A few from this weekend

 A cracking few hours on Saturday just chilling watching 5 Yellow wagtails along with a few Wheatears, Meadow pipits, Reed buntings and Pied Wags feeding on the spoil heaps at Safc academy. This spot over the years often has attracted migrant birds on passage.

 On my first attempt at trying to see these birds a few days earlier ( whilst the blue-headed wag was here). the place was lifting with Wheatears. About 4 here on Saturday.
 Added bonus on that day of the fence line Snipe showing well just outside the car at the Moor lane flash.
 When I returned to the car on Saturday after enjoying watching the migrants around the spoil heaps this little belter had dropped into the flash on Moor lane. Also my first 2 Swallows of the year over the Academy pools this day.
And the flutterbyes were becoming active along the Hawthorn path area with about 6 of each of small tortoiseshell and Peacock.

 Highlights of Sundays visit to the Marine park was seeing these 2 ringed Herring gulls. The one above visited here last year and I recorded it on the 18th of May and also on the 29th of June.
Also my first Willow warbler of the year belting out its song almost as soon as I entered the park.
Not seen this one here before, details sent off to the ringing lads down south.

The Kittiwakes at Readheads landing are still about with 32 birds in the area at around noon on Sunday, about 14 appear to be on old nests.A count over the next few months will be needed to get a more accurate number of birds nesting here this year.

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