Sunday, 7 April 2013

Sunday 7th April

I was up early this morning and Joy and I headed to Worcestershire to walk the Malvern Ridge, we had been there last weekend and were surprised to see just how much snow was present. Anyway today most of it had gone, certainly from the footpaths. It was certainly more comfortable today, because last weekend it was freezing. We walked North to South past British Camp to Hangman Hill and back.

Straight away we were encountering good numbers of Meadow Pipits (c.150 in total) and about two miles out I had the first of two Wheatears followed by three Ring Ouzel. About a mile further on as we dropped down towards the Malvern Hotel a Woodcock flew past. We walked to the end then retraced our steps. On the way back though we saw nothing apart from a few more Meadow Pipit – looks like you have to be early!

This evening I took a walk around the Reservoir, the Kittiwake was still there coming to bread! There was a winter plumage adult Little Gull and a couple of Sand Martin. Wildfowl wise two Wigeon, two Gadwall, four Teal, three Goosander and 40 Tufted Duck. There was a single Chiffchaff between the two pools.

I had a email from Evie Carson who saw Skylark, two Kingfisher, Treecreeper and other bits and pieces.

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