Thursday, 29 April 2010

Everything is still very much as it has been all week on my patch. As most mornings this week a CUCKOO, COMMON WHITETHROAT and LESSER WHITETHROAT all sang as I left for work this morning, a nice trio to here together, whilst my afternoon search for a Garden Warbler over at the lakeside scrub, again proved fruitless. Whilst I sat and listened, enclosed by the brambles and young trees, a very rare thing happened, everything went quiet ! Exept for the birdsong, not a single thing was heard, no Mowers, Cars, light aircraft, chainsaws, hedgetrimers, grass strimmers, nor any yelling kids or golfers shouting 'Fore' from the nearby golf course! Such bliss, all I could here were the likes of Cuckoo, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, and TURTLE DOVE, and the WRENS, ROBINS, DUNNOCKS, SONGTHRUSH and BLACKBIRDS were also giving their all, the weather was warm and windless, and I admit that just for a second I dozed off :-)

Having shaken myself from my sleepy state, I took a walk over to Migrant alley, the only thing noted on the way were a family of MALLARDS on one of the pools in the Wet Woods, and a short meeting with the Hadlow Farm manager, who was in the process of removing a dead lamb from a rabbit hole, it had somehow got its head stuck and suffocated, stupid animals, well thats one less to eat all the emerging hedgerows :-)

My walk and skywatch watch around Migrant Alley was cut short by a heavy shower, mercifully I might add, as it was absolutely desserted out there, except for the corvids, WOODPIGEONS, and a single singing SKYLARK - oh, and of course a SPARROWHAWK.

April is kind of fizzling out limply, but at least ive achieved the best April bird species total so far in the nine years of recording on my patch. Lets hope may is just as good!

The photo above might need a bit of scrutinizing ( or clicking to enlarge) to show whats there.

The closer view below shows the Mallard Ducklings more clearly. How well camouflaged are they!


Greenie said...

Warren ,
They must be the family from the Farm lake !

ShySongbird said...

Well that's two days running you have managed something upsetting, you are going to have to be X rated if it carries on like this, but at least you spared us a photo :)

Those ducklings certainly are well camouflaged, I saw a mum with eleven yesterday, I suspect there may have been twelve originally.

Chris said...

That duck has a perfect camouflage!!! What a nice shot...

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Warren.
Well done on exceeding your best April total ever.It is always nice to beat previous years numbers.
Well done with the Turtle Dove, I am still yet to see/hear one, although it is still early days really.

Kelly said...

...I'm playing catch-up! The fledgeling Dunnock is adorable and the Tawny owl photos are spectacular! I would love to capture an owl photo one of these days. ...congrats with the best April ever!

Dean said...

It was the same up here Warren, with hardly any birds of note. When i say that, i mean less that what you had.

Yeh, well done on the new April record.

Derek Faulkner said...


A day in which you saw/heard Coomon Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo, Chiffchaff, Blaclcap, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Turtle Dove, Wrens, Robins, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Sparrowhawk and a nice brood of Mallards - a list many birdwatchers would love to have and yet you dismiss it as "April fizzling out limply". You sure that you're not starting to get a bit dismissive of how good that kind of day is.