Tuesday, 14 April 2009

The best is yet to come

Tuesday 14th April 2009

Spent the day at various locations in the Tame valley area. Birding at this time of the year is a bit like roulette, not that I've ever played, you take a chance on what might turn up. A Sandwich Tern at Alvecote, Marsh Harrier through Coton, Common Scoter at Shustoke, Whimbrel at Haunch Lane. You pays your money and hope you get lucky. There was talk of an Osprey through Kingsbury and possible Whimbrel through Dosthill but the only new birds to stay were Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed warblers between Fishers Mill and Dosthill Nature reserve. There was a new Wheatear on the high ground at Picadilly and another on the meadow at Cliff pool. The Mediterranean Gull was still strutting its stuff on the horse shoe island at Cliff pool and there was still one Black necked Grebe at Lea Marston. The number of Lesser Redpoll at Whitacre had gone down since last week and no sign of the Mealy Redpolls which had be reported there recently.
It was a good day for Butterflies, with Orange tips being the most abundant species.

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