The 2 Mute Swan cygnets were on the Emm again. this morning by Dragonfly Bridge to the rear of Morrisons.
Following on from yesterdays report I visited Area 5 by Dragonfly Bridge to the rear of Morrisons at 16:20 and 2 Mute Swan cygnets were on the Emm again. They look a fairly confiding pair and not worried by my presence.
to me by Pam Small was that in Area 5 this afternoon 2 Mute Swan cygnets were on the Emm by Dragonfly Bridge to the rear of Morrisons. An adult Mute Swan was also apparently seen futher along the Emm. I missed it all and by the time I arrived only 2 Moorhen were seen. In Area 10 today, 1000 more Wood Pigeon went over South.
In Area 5 today, a flock of 300-500 Wood Pigeon went over South as I walked to my car at 07:30.
In Area 10 today, Fraser Cottington saw approx 2000 Wood Pigeon moving SW in flocks of 300-500 birds at 08:00.
In Area 5 today a Kingfisher was flushed from the Emm by a dog walker.
Over Area 5 today were 10, returning Redwing , 2
Egyptian Goose flying W and a Grey Wagtail .
A spot of visible migration today with 150-200 Wood Pigeon over Area 5 heading S .They were seen in 3 waves over 45 mins.
This morning in Area 4 Paul Bright-Thomas heard a Kingfisher
on the Emm. A Great spotted Woodpecker was heading E, a Coal Tit flew through his garden , 10 Linnet
flew SE and 7 Meadow Pipit flew over.
A walk around Heathlake (Area 1) this morning produced 6 Mute Swan, 3 Pochard , 8 Tufted Duck 20+ Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorrant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, a few Moorhen,15 Black headed Gull and numerous Mallard on the lake. A Grey Wagtail flew over.
Over Area 4, Paul Bright Thomas saw 2 Egyptian Gooseflying SW and a solitary Skylark moving low S.
With winter approaching the Area 5 Wood Pigeons seem to know something and are stocking up on berries, this is 1 of 3 that were feeding on Cotoneaster , 2 were later seen on a Rowan tree.
In Area 10 Fraser Cottington was again in the Lavells Lake, Sandford Lane car park field and saw , 3 Chiffchaff a few Meadow Pipit , 5-6 Swallow heading East, 9+ Redwing and maybe heard a Blackcap. Later approx
over a 100 Redwing dropped in to the bushes above the Emmbrook.
In Area10, Fraser Cottington was in the Sandford Lane, Lavells Lake car park field today and saw 2 Blackcap and 3+ Chiffchaff a few Meadow Pipits. 20 + House Martin and 3 Swallow were heading S.
In Area 5 the Kingfisher was seen.
In Area 4 Paul Bright Thomas saw 2 Pied Wagtail and a Linnet over his house this morning.
The FOTEB inbox received this amazing email from Paula Hicklling who lives in Area 4.
"Last weekend I was lucky enough to observe a Sparrowhawk chasing a bird across our garden. Unfortunately the bird flew into the garage window and was knocked onto the ground. Although thus escaping the clutches of the Sparrowhawk, it was just about to be caught by our Springer Spaniel, when my quick-thinking son grabbed it and scooped it to safety. It was only then that we realised the poor bird was in fact a male Kingfisher. Having taken a quick photo of it , we assessed that it had no obvious injuries and so carefully placed it under a bush in the garden and left it to it's own devices. After a nail-biting 30 minutes, it finally flew off much to our delight. The next day the Kingfisher repaid us by sitting on the rock in our pond for ages and promptly polished off the remaining small fish we had".
It has apparently returned several more times.
I visited Area 10 this afternoon. 8 noisy Egyptian Geese flew over the Emm and a Grey Wagtail flew over by the Sailing Club area. In Area 2 to the rear of Tesco's a Chiffchaff was calling , Jackdaw , Rook and Carrion Crow were also in the horse paddocks. AGrey Heron was hunting for its lunch in amongst the reeds on the edge of the Emm.
Fraser Cottington was in the Area 10 Sandford lane car park field at lunchtime. There was a reasonable movement of birds going in all directions, 10+ Meadow Pipits , Pied Wagtail , 2 Grey Wagtail , 3 Song Thrush and 40+ Chaffinch all West, spread over an hour in groups of 6-10+. Also
4 Ring-necked Parakeet were flying to the East.
In Area 5 a Red Kite was sat at the top of a neighbours Leylandi tree calling at 07:30 this morning.