Wednesday, 30 March 2016

March 30th

Two Swallows this evening along with seven singing Chiffchaff.

Late News

Late News from 27th, 35 Sand Martin's during rain storm (JS).

Monday, 28 March 2016

March 28th

Birdguides reports two Swallow and a single House Martin this morning.Still two Swallows this afternoon also six Sand Martin but no sign of the single House Martin from this morning. No Sand Martins or Swallows were present by late afternoon but there are now four singing Chiffchaff , also 41 Tufted Duck and three pairs of Great Crested Grebe .

Sunday, 27 March 2016

March 27th

An early morning visit produced three singing Chiffchaff and a single male Reed Bunting but not much else. After a large storm had passed over around tea time we made another visit and found ten Sand Martins hawking insect over the water these are the first returning birds this year. They were very difficult to photograph but I managed a few record shots as these little missiles passed close bye.
Sand Martin.
Sand Martin.
Sand Martin.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

March 26th

. We still only have two singing Chiffchaff,s seen and heard again this morning along with two pairs of Bullfinch and a single male Sparrowhawk. Not much change on the water with three pairs of Great Crested Grebes and around 49 Tufted Duck , the only gull on the water was an adult Lesser Blacked Backed Gull.

Friday, 25 March 2016

March 25th

Two Chiffchaffs singing this morning at opposite sides of the mere. Also three Bullfinch a female Sparrowhawk several Goldcrest and a singing Reed Bunting. No sign as yet of any Sand or House Martins.
Great Crested Grebe.
Song Thrush.
Mute Swan.
Mute Swan.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

March 23rd

First singing Chiffchaff today , also a singing Reed Bunting.

Friday, 18 March 2016

March 18th

I had hoped for the first Chiffchaff to be singing or the first Sand Martin's of the year feeding over the mere but alas it was thick with fog and not much bird activity except for a mateing pair of Sparrowhawk. I did manage a rather distant foggy shot of them amongst the trees but nothing to write home about.A pair of Bulfinch a single Mistle Thrush and a pair of Song Thrush were the only other birds worth reporting.

Monday, 7 March 2016

March 7th

A nice walk around this morning in spring like sunshine . We now have three female Goldeneye on the mere but Pochard numbers are down with only four drakes noted this morning.
Pochard (drake).

Sunday, 6 March 2016

March 6th

Light snow showers this morning , I could only find one female Goldeneye along with seven drake Pochard . Four pairs of Great Crested Grebe with one pair displaying , also a single Lesser Black Backed Gull amongst the small number of Black Headed Gulls.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

February 26th

Ten Pochard on february 26th of which nine were drakes. Also the two female Goldeneye still present.