Spring migration has been progressing at a reasonable pace for some species i.e Willow Warblers arrived last week but M.Pipits numbers continue to drop, with birds passing over in one's and two's. A pair of Wheatears arrived during the afternoon of the 28th March our earliest ever Sedge Warbler was singing from the Boathouse reed bed on 31st March. There are still a few Redwings around mainly in areas 40& 41.
Bird news today.
Grey Heron: there are at 10 nests with young in at present.
Red Kite: 1 flew NW at lunchtime.
Common Buzzard: 8 birds flew through, at one stage 4 birds were in the air together.
Peregrine: There has been at least one pair seen daily, sometimes more.
Kittiwake: one flew northish at 12.40pm.
Black-headed Gull: an adult has been present for the last 3 days.
Common Shelduck: 2 pairs were on the lake at 11.10am.
Gadwall: 8 were on the main lake this morning.
Red crested Pochard: 26 were present.
Stock Dove: over 40 birds are present in the park.
Redwing: 6 birds in area 40
Sedge Warbler: A male is still present in the reed bed in area 5.
Blackcap: at least 8 males present.
Chiffchaff: 8 singing males.
Brambling: a female has been in the Cricket Pen, area 31 all day.
Reed Bunting: a pair in area 5.
Common Kestrels in area 32