Saturday, 7 May 2011

RSPB Farm Walk 7th May 2011

Spent a few hours this morning carrying out my second survey walk for the RSPB's Volunteer and Farmer Alliance at  a farm near Blyth, Nottinghamshire.

Last month's walk (see here) was quite quiet, but this month things had livened up a little with the arrival of a few summer migrants and more breeding activity from the resident species. First birds heard and seen were the Skylarks with at least half a dozen individual birds singing and displaying around the site. Chiffchaffs were also singing, and the first new summer migrants were Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Sedge Warbler.

Sedge Warbler

Walking along by the river I came across several Mute Swans, Mallards, a pair of Gadwall and a pair of Tufted Duck. Canada and Greylag Geese were present on the nearby lake and half a dozen Sand Martins were also flying around.

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