So last Sunday (April 29th) I had my first 3 SWIFT (83) of the year a pleasing return for just a quick walk in damp blustery conditions. Out of three Nightingale surveys I have only found Nightingales in one tetrad and that's on my patch, despite the habitat in the other areas I've visited looking perfectly good for them. Maybe the second visits will produce some. The patch did offer up another new bird for the year list during the week as several GARDEN WARBLER (84) arrived from Tuesday 1st May, probably the latest first date I've had for this species. The Badger watch with friends on Wednesday night was great, 3 Foxes and 8 Badgers all pretty close, really enjoyable as I've only seen a handful of live Badgers before.
Yesterday I headed off to dip the Little Bunting at Sandwich Bay!! my intention wasn't really to dip but that's just how it turned out, the highlight was a fly-over YELLOW WAGTAIL.
The best bird of the last week or so saved itself for todays walk with Bec an OSPREY (85) flew high north west over the castle, only my second spring record here. Also today a flock of 15-20 SWALLOWS was the most so far this spring, a SPARROWHAWK flew low passsed us only a couple of feet away as it hugged the fence line and a KESTREL was seen off by a determined Crow.
Only 1 Cuckoo was heard this week, there are no House Martins over the village yet and Lesser Whitethroat is absent from the patch as yet, where at least 3 were singing this time last year, hopefully the next week will produce some more bits and pieces.
I have question, blogger tells me I have run out of space for photos, can anyone tell me how to delete photos to make more space?? I would be grateful for any advice as I've tried a couple things and ended up writing this post three times!! :-)
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