Wednesday, 3 April 2013

2nd April 2013

With the light nights now with us, the Captain and I spend a couple of hours covering the Reservoir last  evening. It was a cracking night, bright, clear and cold in an easterly wind. I still haven’t seen a summer migrant this year, there has been little more than a trickle nationally.

Apart from four Goosander on the main pool, the winter wildfowl have all pushed off, not that there has been that many recently. There were double figures of Common Gull and around 100 Black-headed with several LBB Gulls. We had reached the far end of the small pool and had only seen a couple of passerines all evening. On the other side of the railway crossing, we picked up a large flock of Meadow Pipits in the stubble fields there was probably in the region of 80 birds but there could well have been more. A single Yellowhammer flew over the field and there were three Mistle Thrush.

A bird I have struggled for all year has been Linnet embarrassingly I still haven’t seen one yet!!! We returned along Bixhill Lane seeing four more Mistle Thrush, 4 Fieldfare and a good number of Blackbird, but with the weather forecast showing the wind turning North-east later in the week, I think when the migrants start passing through they will do it quickly.

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