Sunday, 13 April 2014

The last couple of weeks

It has been hard work inland with nothing changing much, until the last couple of days here, what was pleasing was a singing WILLOW WARBLER (71) that has now been singing in the same spot for around 10 days, it would be great if it found a mate as Willow Warbler hasn't bred here for at least 5 years maybe more. Things changed on Friday 11th when the first NIGHTINGALE (72) sang from one of the favoured spots, soon after hearing it 2 SWALLOWS (73) flew north. The morning was completed by a GREEN SANDPIPER (74) from the hide, a great hour before work!
This morning there were 2 NIGHTINGALES, 2 WILLOW WARBLERS and 13 SWALLOWS flew north in three groups. Otherwise a REED BUNTING was at the lake, the first for some time also seen this morning and not seen for while was a fine male KESTREL, I was starting to think both these birds had deserted the patch as I hadn't seen either of them for almost 2 months! SPARROWHAWK was also good to see after not being seen for a while. Below are a few pics from he last couple of weeks.


Amorous Jays

Great Tit



This mornings Sparrowhawk


Marc Heath said...

Good to see some birds arriving for you Alan. Not long and the dragons will be flying.

Phil said...

I hope some of your migrants stay and breed Alan.
Like Marc I'm so looking forward to the dragon season. Not least some of your Golden-ringed beauties.

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Some nice birds seen and good shots of some of them , Jays always difficult , as you know . Under the water globules , your Ladybird looks like a 7-spot .
Like the 'arty' shot of what looks like the seed heads of one of the Burdocks /Arctium minus or lappa .

Warren Baker said...

Things are moving on for you there Alan, good to see. Green Sandpiper was a good record, bet you were well chuffed with that :-)

Stephen Mills said...

Green Sandpiper and Nightingale would be very welcome here Alan.Well done!

Helma said...

You have got a lot of birds seen recently Alan. When you hear the singing Willow Warbler then that's great to hear :-) In your blog again beautiful birds with Jay, tit, nuthatch, dear creature prevails and an imposing Hawk.
A very happy Easter.

Sorry for my late response but I had no internet last week.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Alan!!!.. Nice pics.. Love Nuthatch and Jay..Have a nice day

Maria said...

Very nice pictures!