Date: 11th March 2017 0800 hrs to 1100 hrs
by Amanda, Geoff and Terry
Weather : A mild cloudy calm morning Temperature 9°C to 11°C
Black-headed Gull 22
Blue Tit 8
Canada Goose 2
Carrion Crow 3
Cetti’s Warbler 1
Collared Dove 2
Great Tit 10
Grey Heron 1
House Sparrow 12
Long-tailed Tit 17
Reed Bunting 28
Song Thrush 8
32 Species in all
A warm and still morning on the Meadows; muddy underfoot but not as bad as it had been in the week earlier.
Only one first timer this month, but something of a surprise. The unmistakable song of a Cetti’s Warbler exploded out of the riverside undergrowth close to Spittal Brook bridge. As the last recorded bird on the survey, this sent everyone home with a smile on their faces.
The bird has been heard several times since and is still likely to be in the same area.
New sightings for the year and for only the second time on a survey date was the welcome return of a Kingfisher in transect 1, as before, and a pair of Gadwall were on the river close to the outfall of Spittal Brook.
This was a three raptor morning with Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk all in evidence.
The most successful areas of the survey this month were transects 2 & 12.
Outside of the survey date the first Chiffchaff was heard and seen on the Meadows on the 15th March and the first Willow Tit and Blackcap were heard and seen on the 31st.
There has been a report of a Barn Owl seen hunting over the Meadows at night; please let me know if you see it.
5 Grey Squirrels seen during this month’s survey.
3 Comma and Two Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies were seen on a warm and sunny 15th March.