Thursday, 7 April 2016

Day of the Chiffchaff

Date: 07/04/2016
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Cloudy, Coldish Wind
Other Species: 
12 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Skylark, House Sparrow, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, 5 Grey Heron, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Blackcap (Female), Yellowhammer, Teal.
Headed out as normal through Bath Mill and today Chiffchaff seem to be everywhere with 4 along brook, normal stuff as well and even a Willow Warbler !
(Did get picture but very burred) first of the year on patch for us, taking patch total of 2016 to 67 species could be a record year ! 
71 to beat Swallows, Swifts & Martins not arrived yet on patch !

Walking on up to Fields and more Chiffchaffs, this one even posed a bit.
Skylarks around 5/6 up singing and still Wood Pigeon numbers high with at least 150.

Across fields into village House Sparrow number seem to be increasing but alas no Swallows on telephone wires yet 
Last year 06/04/2015 -  2014/12th -  2013/12th   2012/21st
So still plenty of time.
Out through Village towards lakes more Chiffchaff's this one smelling the blossom!

Pair of Grey Wagtails bobbing away on Waterfalls such a great looking bird !

In between lakes a female Blackcap and while watching a male Sparrowhawk dived into nearby Hawthorn but flew off with nothing.
So quick stood watching instead of snapping !
Our Mute Swan seem's to have lost the single egg we saw on 4th she had 6 eggs last year. So hope she lays a few more.
Teal on Lake also Grey Heron numbers at 4 with one fly past making 5.

Walked up to Park Farm with the hope of Swallows but none Yellowhammers numbers low but weather very cold and windy on hill.
That was it taking species to 37.
Did see a Buzzard displaying on walk back never seen it before, that was cool.

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