Saturday 18 March 2017

Just 42 bird species were recorded during this mornings full patch walk, with Treecreeper and Bullfinch being the most notable absentees, the noise of the wind in the tree tops didn't aid with hearing their quiet calls!

The MUTE SWAN pair remain at the lakes, where just MALLARDS, MOORHENS and CANADA GEESE were also seen, a pair of MANDARIN DUCK circled the main lake, but didn't alight on the water. The nearby Scrubby Woods had at least 3 singing CHIFFCHAFF, but they were the only spring arrivals seen today.

Winter species were only represented by the now dwindling flock of of around 30 FIELDFARE, plus 7-10 REDWING that fed with them. KESTREL and BUZZARD showed for the Raptors, while flyovers from BLACK HEADED GULL, HERRING GULL, PIED WAGTAIL and ROOK helped the days list look a bit more respectable than it otherwise would have been.

Grey Heron and Little Owl still evade detection for the months list, two species that have been regulars on other march lists.

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