In the Area 10 Lavells Lake Car Park field on Sandford Lane.Richard Marsh saw a Bullfinch and a hovering Kestrel
Over Area 4 this morning Paul Bright Thomas saw a Hobby flying over his garden.
A Kingfisher was seen flying over the bridge crossing the Emm in Area 10 (DintonPastures) to the rear of the Juniour Rangers area by the main car park..
An early morning visit to Area 1 (Heathlake) and a scan of the lake, produced positive signs of breeding with Coot, Moorhen and Mute Swan all wiith young. The usual assortment of Mallards were also in evidence with Great crested grebe and a male Tufted duck. A solitary Black headed gull and a Grey heronwere on the island with a Grey wagtail feeding on the sandy beach area. The woods were a bit less fruitfull with Green woodpecker and Nuthatch, a callingMistle thrush, Jay and numerous Robins and Wrens. Also visited was area 2 behind Tesco's, highlights here were 5 Swallows flying over the fields. Several Red kite were also enjoying the thermals .Late evening (20:20) watching over Area 4 by Paul Bright Thomas and an adult Common Gull flew over heading S and 7 Swift were circling overhead.
A bit of a suprise this morning with what can only have been a Whitethroat moving through the trees in my area 5 garden.
Paul Bright-Thomas had a Ring necked Parakeet
fly over his garden early at 06:30 this morning heading S.
In Area 4 to the rear of the balancing pond a Grey Wagtail
was seen in the Emm. A male Blackcap
was feeding young , returning numerous times with insects.
In Area 4 , Paul Bright-Thomas had a juvenille Goldcrest
calling loudly from a Blackthorn bush in his garden.
Upstream of Kingfisher Bridge in Area 4 at 07:30 this morning theKingfisher
was perched on the pipe that crosses the Emm. It saw me and flew upstream towards Meadow Road Bridge. Also seen were 2 Mistle Thrush
During the Balsam Bashing this morning a family group of Grey Wagtail
were seen. 2 Adults and a juvenille were on the banks of the Emm behind Meadow Way. A Grey Heron
flew over and a Moorhen
was seen on the river.
A female Bullfinch
the first for a month was seen near Ripplestream Bridge this morning. In the afternoon approx 35- 40 Gulls appeared over Area 5. The last time
Today the birds seemed to appear in numbers. A flock of Greenfinches
were flying around my Area 5 garden, a family party of Goldfinches
adults and juvenilles were feeding at the Sunflower hearts . Blackbirds adults and juvenilles were feeding off the lawn. By the afternoon Swifts numbers had reached double figures. In Area 10, 3 Buzzards were riding the thermals over Area 10.
Walking to work along the Emm this morning at 07:45 ,and a Kingfisher flew from the Brook towards the trees . Several Swift
A later walk along the Emm this morning paid dividends a Kingfisher was seen flying up and down the Emm in Area 5 behind Morrison’s . This is the first time for 6 weeks. In Area 3 over Lidl in Molly Millars Lane, 3 Red Kite were riding the thermals. A solitary Pied Wagtail was picking up bits from the car park.
The current spell of warm weather seems to show no sign of going away. Blue skies have proved good for Raptors withBuzzard and Red Kite . Swifts allthough not in huge numbers can be seen and heard feeding overhead.Starlings seem to have succesfully put in a second brood , and the pair of Coot on the Balancing pond seem to have produced at least one offspring..
Area 5 behind Morrison’s was fairly busy on my walk to work this morning. The Green Woodpecker has put in a welcome return and Grey Heron is a regular flyover . House Sparrow are nesting under my neighbours eaves, and a solitary Chaffinch also seems to have returned following a 4 week absence from my notebook.