Out at a more reasonable hour this morning and first up was the Waterworks, singing Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps abounded. 2 Snipe in one of the beds and frustratingly brief views of a silent Warbler that could have been a Cetti’s, will have to keep an ear/eye out for that one. Gangs of pumped up male Pochards were stalking the few very nervous looking females present.
A Little Owl was actively preening at the mouth of its Tree hole, the way the leaves are shooting up they will not be visible for many more days. To the East of the riding stables I was halted in my tracks by the distinctive sound of a singing Savi’s Warbler! There is no suitable habitat, though it does look good for Grasshopper Warbler. I stood puzzled for a while. Thinking back to last week’s episode with a ‘tacking’ train, I wondered whether it could be some sort of mechanical noise from the industrial site across the overflow channel. It didn’t call again (or more likely the operative didn’t switch the machine on again, so I moved on.) A Wheatear was in the back paddock and a few Linnets flew over. A singing Lesser Whitethroat eventually gave itself up. As it got warmer I had a quick look from the viewing mound that backs onto the filter beds, there were quite a few House Martins over the F.B. but no Raptors on the wing. No sooner had I walked away than the Gulls went wild! I turned round to see a Buzzard barely at Pylon height, being mobbed, where did that come from? Maybe it had been sat on the pylon!
On the Lockwood in the early afternoon I saw a Greenshank and after a short skylisten (it’s similar to a skywatch except you do it with your eyes shut lying on your back) a pair of Little Ringed Plovers appeared from nowhere, maybe the same birds as last week. A singing Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail and hunting Peregrine (man those things can move!) completed the days line up. 65 species, a good day. Though somehow managed to miss Swift and Garden Warbler and maybe Grasshopper Warbler (see Dave’s post below) on the marsh this morning.
On this day: 22 04 91 1 Greenshank, 9 Dunlin and 2 Little Ringed Plovers on the High Maynard. 4 House Martins and 1+ Yellow Wagtail over the Lockwood.