Date: 9th April 2016 0800 hrs to 1110 hrs
by Amanda, Clare and Terry
A cool sunny morning with a slight breeze only, Temperature 5° – 7°C
Blue Tit 11
Reed Bunting 9
Long-tailed Tit 8
Great Tit 6
House Sparrow 6
Carrion Crow 1
Song Thrush 3
Collared Dove 2
Mute Swan 1
Tufted Duck 4
House Martin 10 (and at least 2 Sand Martin)
30 species in all
The Migrants have arrived!
Another very enjoyable days birding on a cool morning resulted in two more species than in March largely due to the recent influx of summer migrants; Chiffchaff, Blackcap and very recently Martins. Although no Willow Warblers were seen or heard on the Meadows one could be clearly heard from transect 12 singing on No 4 bed on Woolston Eyes.
The paths and fields are wetter than in March due to recent rainfall. The majority of birds were noted in transects 2, 3, 7 and 12.
Unfortunately no sign of either the Grey Partridge or the Stonechat from last month.
5 Grey Squirrel seen during this month’s survey, although there are plenty more about.
The Cowslips are out in transect 7 (the wild flower meadow).
Although too late to make last months survey results the increasingly rare Willow Tit has been seen regularly in transect 2, but never yet during a monthly survey.
10th -16th April
In virtually the same location in transect 2 on Sunday 10th April a pair of Siskin were seen feeding and the first Swallow of spring was seen overflying the meadows on Monday April 11th.
A Lesser Whitethroat has been singing on the Meadows since Tuesday and was seen on Friday 15th in transect 7 (the wild flower meadow).
24th – 30th April
The Lesser Whitethroat is still reeling in the hedgerows and has been joined by his larger cousin the Common Whitethroat. 2 seen; 1 in transect 7 and one in transect 10.
Pairs of Linnet seen on several occasions; again transect 7 a favourite location.
A mink has been spotted during the month in Transect 2. Lets hope it doesn’t find the Willow Tits!