Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Birds, birthday and bloody rain (25/04/10)

My birthday and decided today was my annual early morning walk around Dinton Pastures. However, even though it was beautiful yesterday, it decided today that it was going to throw it down with rain, so I got absolutely soaked. Even so I only missed a few birds that I was expecting - mainly birds of prey and the hirundines. The strangest thing was that I didn't record one Willow Warbler and I didn't even hear one - where are they all???

The highlight has to be the Grasshopper Warbler (88) that was reeling and showing very well between Black Swan and White Swan lake (I have never seen one in this area before).

I now see there is a new hide on Lea Farm and they have blocked the old viewing gap in the hedge (rather annoying really) and I will have to join the Friends of Lavells Lake to get into the hide. I managed to get some glimpses of the lake.

I managed to see all the other warblers (except Willow Warbler), here is the list of other year ticks:

Cuckoo - one on Lavell's Lake (89)
Swift - one briefly over Lavell's Lake (90)
Great Spotted Woodpecker - male drumming in trees alongside the road (91)
Nightingale - 1 seen, 2 others heard (92)
Sedge Warbler - 1 seen, 3 others hear (93)
Reed Warbler - 1 elusive bird on White Swan Lake (94)
Garden Warbler - 1 seen well by White Swan Lake (95)
Lesser Whitethroat - 1 singing male seen well along viewpoint (96)
Whitethroat - several birds seen and heard (97)

Of other interest, I saw a Muntjac Deer by the edge of the Loddon.

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