Saturday 9 April 2016

Odds and Ends

Mute Swans heading towards the river.

Derek and I did Orcombe first thing this morning and I nipped up to the top fields briefly mid-afternoon. Apart from a few 'phylloscs' there was little to report but it was a beautiful morning. The highlight was a lone Lapwing - unusual on Orcombe, especially in spring. Otherwise totals included 2 Shelduck, 9+ Chiffchaff, 7+ Willow Warbler, 2 Turnstone, 1 Little Egret, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Meadow Pipit and 4 Canada Goose.

There are 3 Buzzards on Orcombe at the moment. They have been very conspicuous of late but I haven't sussed out if or where they might be breeding.

This morning's star bird - Lapwing.

Chiffchaff - one of three feeding with a single Willow Warbler by the dung heap this afternoon, between hail showers.

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