Monday, 24 April 2017

Dawn chorus snippets

Dawn chorus on Saturday morning was perfect conditions, still bright, but not too cool like so many recent mornings. My commitments meant I could only do the first hour and a quarter. The Nightingale sang well, albeit from the island, many other warblers too, but that was all I had time for.

Sunday was work party and happily I did catch a few blasts of Lesser Whitethroat in the car park field at the start, then a short burst of Garden Warbler too.

At Lea Farm, a pair of LRP were sounding interested in the SW corner.

The same applied this morning, with the LRP's making indentations in one of the SW corner islets...not a safe place to nest. A Shelduck, a male Shoveler, a pair of Gadwall, but too misty to see how many Teal are left, 1 Common Sandpiper flicked across to the South spit.

At BSL, 2 more Common Sandpiper together was nice, 2 Common Tern, 1 male Mandarin and the 2 Little Egret perched high in one of the tall Ash trees begged the question if we'll ever seem them breeding at DP? The Lesser Whitethroat was noisy in the car park field, but mobile enough to be seen.

Later today Geoff said a pair of Redshank were displaying, imagine that Lapwing, LRP, Redshank and Oystercatcher all breeding, it would be amazing.

Mid afternoon at home and as I was on the phone I binned a Hobby buzzing a Red Kite...nice!

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