Saturday, 30 April 2011

Playing catch up

Arctic tern, Shustoke Res.
Arctic tern
Common Swift, Shustoke
Common Tern, Shustoke

Cuckoo, Cliff pool, Kingsbury

Saturday 30th April 2011

Its taken a while to get back into the routine of birding locally. I've done bits and pieces and managed to see most of the migrants that should be in by now. Though I still havent seen Grasshopper warbler and Reed warbler. Yesterday proved to be a good day adding Sedge warbler and Cuckoo at Kingsbury and 4 Swifts with the Arctic terns at Shustoke. My impressions on the summer visitors to the Tame valley is that there are slightly more Common Whitethroats and Blackcaps than usual, average numbers of Lesser 'throats, Garden warblers and Chiffchaffs but that Willow warblers are down. Passage has been disappointing, probably due to the fine weather. There was a Common Sandpiper at Cliff pool yesterday but as yet even with strong Easterly and North easterly winds not alot to write home about.

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