Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Migration in the Tame Valley

Avocet - Cliff pool, Kingsbury W.P.

Avocet - Cliff pool, Kingsbury W.P.

Northern Wheatear - Picadilly, Nr Kingsbury.

Tuesday 6th April 2010

My day started with a stroll round Mill pool, Alvecote but a single Swallow was the only migrant on show apart from Chiffchaff. Had better luck at Picadilly with a Northern Wheatear on the spoil heaps. Lea Marston and Coton lakes had no new migrants only Chiffchaff and a couple of Swallows. Fishers Mill had a pair of Little ringed Plover and at least 3 singing male Blackcaps along the path to Fisher's Mill bridge. I also met Colin Potter and a chap called Dave who both mentioned sightings of Avocet and Marsh Harrier heading South. Cliff pool was the obvious lookout point so I headed that way. Tame valley communications Ltd had clearly been in overdrive and a big thankyou to Tom Perrins and Karl Sargent for the messages. I met Dave Hutton as I parked up. It was a new county bird for Dave so we didnt waste any time in getting to Cliff pool where the Avocets (123) were showing well. The Skan hide was full of celebs as well as Tom, Colin, Dennis, Karl and Dave with John Harris not far behind. At 4 o'clock Dennis and I took tea at Broomey Croft. Ever alert we spotted a single tern flying towards us over the pool. After wrestling with the door we managed to exit the cafe and watched the Sandwich Tern (124) fly south over us. Again messages were sent out but the bird, unfortunately, didnt linger.

Total No of species reported in Warks so far in 2010 = 147

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