Friday, 18 April 2014

Birding my local patch

I decided to spend the day birding my local patch in hope of discovering a few new migrants that may have arrived with the following species observed.  
West Hyde
Red Kite (1), Common Kestrel (male), Woodpigeon, Eurasian Skylark (8), Barn Swallow (2), Pied Wagtail (1), Dunnock, Long-tailed Tit, Western Jackdaw (2), Common Chaffinch, Common Linnet (2), Corn Bunting (1). I bumped into Geoff Lapworth who had earlier noted a singing male Common Whitethroat nearby in a hedge at Tilehouse Lane although the bird did not show for me.
Troy Mill Gravel Pit
Common Buzzard (2), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (1), Eurasian Oystercatcher (1 on jetty), Little Gull (4), Common Tern (10), Common Kingfisher (1), Sand Martin (20+), Barn Swallow (1), Blackcap (2), Reed Bunting (1).
Woodoaks Farm
Northern Wheatear (2 on lower pasture among cattle), Barn Swallow (2).
The Withey Beds LNR
Blackcap (1), Common Chiffchaff (3).
Croxley Moor
Very busy with many dog walkers present and not much to see with two Barn Swallow the only birds worth a mention.
Stockers Farm
Egyptian Goose (pair with 5 goslings remaining), Little Ringed Plover (2 briefly on flooded field before flying off to the east), Barn Swallow (10).

                                                          Egyptian Goose with goslings.

                                                             Little Ringed Plover.

Stockers Lake
Little Egret (7 present at heronry), Egyptian Goose (2), Common Tern (2), Reed Bunting (1).
Bury Lake
Black Swan (1).
Maple Lodge Nature Reserve
Great Crested Grebe (pair), Canada Goose (pair), Mallard (duck with new brood of ducklings from Rotunda Hide), Northern Lapwing (2 over), Common Tern (3 over clubhouse heading towards Stockers Lake), Blackbird (adult with food), Mistle Thrush (adult at nest plus 2 feeding on cricket pitch), Cetti's Warbler (singing male), Blackcap (3), Common Chiffchaff (3).



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