Thursday, 21 April 2016

Update is finally here.

Just come back from Broadwater warren. A good day for birds with 21 species seen. 2 Siskins made an appearance at the feeder as I was leaving, this is a new one for me at the site. Lesser spot was heard and Tree Pipit is back with about 4 birds seen. Woodlark and Yellowhammer showing nicely, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler backing them up. Wren seemed to be plentiful and about 4 Treecreepers seemed to be going round in a group. Slave-making ant made an appearance but not sure if I got a good shot. Surprised that there are no Large Red around yet but did get my first butterfly for the year with a Peacock fluttering about.

Some work has been going on, these paths will now be less muddy.

Below. Not sure if it is a Gall or just a part of the tree?

Slave making ant
Was going to say that the ducks are back, but didn't see them today. Mallard had
come back to the decoy pond on my last visit.
Now going back to the beginning of the month. I went to Pulborough Brooks to look for an American Wigeon, as this is a bird that has alluded me for years. There were a lot of people looking for it, but to no avail. It was seen a few days later. However while there I heard Nightingale, which I think was the first one to arrive there. I did record it singing on my phone but I can't seem to transfer it onto the laptop. A female Peregrine was sitting with it's back to us after it had apparently had a meal not long before. With Redwing and Pintail alongside calling Chiffchaff it was one of those where two seasons collide.
This group of Deer had been in a circle, don't know why but then
they started to feed.

Looking out the hide where the Am.Wigeon was first seen.

Chiffchaff calling away

That's all for now. Still got a trip to Dungeness to report.
India is on, in December there is a wedding to go to. Am going to have some time to go birding, been looking it up and there are a couple of sites near to Jodphur that could be very good so am getting excited about that.

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