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Saturday, May 10, 2008

10th May

A very distant shot of the Common Sandpiper in area 5.
Male Blackcap by the drinking pool in area 29.
A Long-tailed Tit drinks from a drain, just after I had topped up the nearby drinking pond with fresh water.
Orange tips are very much in evidence in those areas with Garlic Mustard (jack-by-the-hedge).


This warm weather has been a real downer for migrants in the park. Today I finally saw a couple of species that I would normally have expected to have seen by now.

Red Kite:
One flew purposefully towards the north-east at 12.00pm.
Common Sandpiper: One was feeding along the edge of the island in area 5, at 9.00am.
Collared Dove: One flew south over the wetland.
Reed Warbler: Males are singing from nearly all of the reed beds in the park.
Chiffchaff: Two males singing from areas 1 and 29.
Blackcap: Sixteen males were singing from around the park.
Red crested Pochard: One female on the lake has managed to keep all thirteen of her ducklings for two days.

1 comment:

Piers Aitman said...

Hi Tony,

Thanks for the other day. There was a large red damselfly checking out my new pond yesterday, first of the summer - are there any dragonflies out in the park yet?

Piers