In Area 5 a Chiffchaff was calling from a tree adjacent to the Emm. The male Blackcap was back again on my garden bird table and Great spotted
and Green Woodpecker were by the river.
Following the previous nights rain, it was nice to be greeted with a sunny Bank Holiday morning. In my garden at 06:30 was a singing male Blackcap in the Holly bush, possibly a freshly arrived migrant . In the distance was a singing male Chiffchaff and if any further signs were needed that Spring is in the air a pair of Magpie were seen busily nest building (mostly moss and twigs) in the Yew tree in my Area 5 garden. A Starling was also seen carrying of nesting material from the garden.
A Sparrowhawk was seen flying over high over Area 5 this morning at 06:15. There also seemed o be a bit of Wood Pigeon movement with at least 150 seen heading N in approxiamately 1 hour. Similar reports from Fraser Cottington wathching Area 10 at around the same time who had many groups of 15-50 passing NE, certainly no less than 250 went through in 50 minutes.
To the rear of Tesco's carpark in Area 2 at 10:30 the first male Chiffchaff of the year was heard calling from nearby trees. Meanwhile in Area 5 to the rear of Morrisons, near Dragonfly Bridge another male Chiffchaff was calling at 11:30 from the wooded area adjacent to the Emm.
In Area 8 by Old Forest Road at 08:30 a Little Egret flew over the Emm. 2 Pied Wagtail were feeding in the Bean field. In Area 7 Skylark were singing high in the sky over the site of the North Wokingham Distributor Road .
Seen during the Litter pick in Area 4 at 11:30 a Little Egret flew from the Emm to the trees. It was later seen flying N over my Area 5 house at 13:30. A male Bullfich was near Kingfisher Bridge and at least 50 Redwing were feeding on the newly mowed parkland near Meadow Road. A Buzzard was also seen flying over Area 5. On my garden feeders were 5 Siskin .
On my walk to work this morning a Song Thrush was singing its beautifuly melodious song from a tree along side the Emm.
Paul Bright Thomas was in his Area 4 garden this morning and heard/saw a Lesser Redpoll singing, a Siskin flying over, 3 singing Redwing and a Canada Goose flying along the Emm Brook.
4, what I believe to be Greylag Goose flew over my Area 5 garden this morning calling at 06:15.
A Sparrowhawk swooped low over Brookside in Area 5, before landing on a garden fence.
At 13:00 today over my Area 5 house, 4 Buzzard and a Red Kite were drifting South on whatever thermals there were today.
In Area 10 at car park field Fraser Cottington saw numerous Red Kite a Sparrowhawk and 10-20 Redwing a Skylark was also seen across the landfill area.
A good hour and a half spent this morning in Areas 1 & 2. A single Lapwing flew over calling. 2 Little Egret were seen in a distant
tree. Black headed Gull and Herring Gull were in the nearby fields along with a flock of 15 (Parliament)of 15 Magpie. I was alerted to a very noisy pair of Red Kite that were calling from a dead tree. They were soon joined by what I assume was another male that was quickly chased off. The pair then flew to another tree where copulation took place. The 2nd male reappeared and was quicly chased off again. A Buzzard was seen over the woods being harrased by a Carrion Crow . Walking back a Little Owl was seen on the branches of an Oak tree and then in a hole in the branch.
Further evidence that Spring is on its way today with a Blue Tit checking out nestbox 42 in Area 5,more birds are singing for territorys and mates. A male Dunnock was near Dragonfly Bridge singing for all it was worth. Unfortunately not in this picture.
Area 8 was the chosen area first thing this morning, 15 Canada Geese flew over in formation heading N. A Kingfisher was seen on the Emm near the culvert under the Motorway, before flying upstream . It was also seen another 2 times, always flying upstream towards Old Forest Road In Area 5 around the feeders at the pond a Great spotted Woodpecker was on the fat square.
A Buzzard was sitting in the riverside trees. Both Greenfinch & Chaffinch were on the feeders. A Kingfisher was seen flying upstream over Dragonfly Bridge. Whether it was the same bird seen earlier or a new one I dont know but the two sightings are approx 1.5km apart.
In Area 10, Richard Marsh saw a Mistle Thrush and a male and female Bullfinch in the car park field off Sandford Lane. In Area 4 & 5 this morning it was a fairly average walk. Around the pond a pair of Mallard were on the pond, at the feeders were Siskin , Great Tit and Robin . The flock of Redwing were at 50+ and very mobile.A Blackbird was seen showing some leucistic features.The condition is typically referred to as ‘leucism’.It is not yet clear why Blackbirds appear to be particularly affected. It could be that they are unusually susceptible to the condition. However, being black or, in the case of female Blackbirds dark brown, any light-coloured feathers show up particularly clearly.
Flying over Area 5 this evening were 3 Canada Goose calling.
In Area 5 at the pond a pair of Mallard have taken up residence. Who knows what the spring will bring