Saturday, April 19, 2008

Saturday 19th April

A very grim morning today, I left home at 6am in heavy rain. I parked by the water works entrance off of the A228. As i parked up 2 Nightingale were singing close together either side of the road by the Water Works entrance. These were the first of 8 Nightingale heard this morning.


I added two new migrants for the year to add to yesterday's Swift. 2 Sedge Warbler (getting quite a scarce bird here now) were seen and heard from the path that runs through the sunken marsh at the top of Abbey Mead, also 2 of 6 Reed Warbler heard today were there. 16 Sand Martin, 9 Willow Warbler, only 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat and 11 Blackcap were also noted.

I addition to the birds 1 Water Vole and 3 Newt Efts under a plank of wood (either Palmate or Smooth - pretty impossible to tell at this stage)

Still no Cuckoo for me this year (although one was heard last week here)


At 1:13 pm, Blogger Warren Baker said...

Well done on getting out today Steve! It was grim this am. Now all the migrants are filling up the prime breeding areas, maybe us in the sub - prime market might get the overflow !

At 11:11 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Great Nightingale photo, nice one!

At 1:43 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Great walk this morning. Pleasure to meet you. I managed to see the Little Gull on Brooklands - my closest view of one ever!


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