Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sunday 10th May 2015
Weather:  Warm but overcast with light southerly then westerly wind.

All the Wheatears seemed to have moved on and the fields were devoid of migrants save for a single Whinchat,  seen in the field between the kissing gate path and the cable fence close to the western kissing gate. The bird was only present for a few minutes. Overhead 8 Swift flew north, briefly feeding above the fields behind the lighthouse, before moving on.  Again at least 3 Reed Warbler singing along the nature trail and a Sedge on the kissing gate path close to the eastern end.  A Lesser Whitethroat was heard but not seen in the scrub opposite the entrance to the lighthouse car park and a pair of Bullfinch were present here too.   Whitethroat now appear on territory in the shrubs along the various paths with a number of birds singing and doing their display flights.  Plenty of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers singing.  A Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over Lingham Lane (perhaps they are going to breed again this year in the area?) and a Jay (an unusual bird for this location) was also seen flying over.

JB: DH: AD   

Whinchat (JB)

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