Saturday, 3 April 2010

A pleasant days birding but with no surprises. Three male Blackcap in the Observatory garden included a singing individual. A total of 26 Willow Warbler were logged, along with 12 Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest. Two Sand Martin and 13 Swallow sped northwards whilst four Wheatear and a Black Redstart remained around the narrows. A Buzzard was the first for several days and Merlin, Sparrowhawk, and Peregrine were all seen hunting. Chough and Stonechat were observed carrying nesting material.

A change in the wind direction has seen the Phylloscopus warblers depart from the coast, however they are still present in some less than typical places. Usually denizens of woodland and scrub, up to six Willow Warbler spent the day feeding in the short grass surrounding Nant Pond. (c) Richard Brown
One of our most common birds, over 2,000,000 pairs of Willow Warbler breed in Britain and Ireland (c) Richard Brown

A bit of a scrappy looking Buzzard - It should be easy to see over the next few weeks if this bird hangs around (c) Steve Stansfield

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