Sunday, 5 May 2013

Flycatcher returns

This morning's walk around Linacre (6.15am - 9.00am) was very good with several "firsts" for the year including one that I was very happy to see, a male Pied Flycatcher. After last year's no show I was beginning to worry that this year might be much the same, so when I found one singing by the middle reservoir and showing a lot of interest in a nest box I was very relieved and pleased. No photo today, but hopefully one to follow soon.

Other firsts included a singing Garden Warbler in the same patch of brambles by the ringing site as the Whitethroat, a singing Skylark above the top reservoir, a Common Sandpiper on the bottom reservoir and a Common or Smooth Newt on the path by the top reservoir.

Smooth Newt

A second singing Whitethroat was also found by the top reservoir and there were at least 6 singing Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers and 1 singing Blackcap!

Whitethroat (top reservoir)

Out on the water there were a pair of Greylag Geese, a pair of Canada Geese and the hybrid bird, a Kingfisher and the first Coot, Moorhen and Great-crested Grebe nests of 2013.

Year List update:
122 - Common Sandpiper
123 - Pied Flycatcher

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