Friday, 2 April 2010

02 April 2010

Left the house at 06.20 this morning and was making a note of the birds I could hear calling, as I made my way around to the canal I realised i'd forgotten my bins!, a great start.

The weather was cool but dry, heavy cloud coverage and a slight south/southeast breeze.
Again the Grey Wagtail was on the canal a male singing away, but no sign of a mate as yet, along to the model boat lake and the Great Crested Grebe are still sitting plus the five first year Mute Swans. On to the main lake and again this morning a Little Ringed Plover on the grass verge but no sign of the other one this morning. Counted the Tufted Duck x33 and Great Crested Grebe x5, the pair of Goldeneye are still present and the single male Shoveler although it's getting abit more flighty at the moment. As usual the Grey Heron was on the main lake fishing, we watched it catch a fish later on in the morning and swallowed it in one go.
Into the wood/pools area and the Chiffchaff was singing away in the same place as yesterday, all together we counted 7/8 singing, only one Willow Warbler today so looks like the others have past through. At the top pool the Mute Swans continue nest building and a male Reed Bunting was calling in the small reedbed. On the old gas works another Grey Heron flew over making two for the day, a couple more Chiffchaff here and Bullfinch but not much else.
On returning to the main lake a single Swallow flew through.

Total species seen was 37.

Also later on in the morning Pete Lunt recorded the following, Swallow x2 flying over, Chiffchaff x2, Bullfinch x8 (Very good count), Little Ringed Plover x2, Buzzard flying over and a pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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