Thursday, 23 April 2009

Relegated from First Division?

Blackcap (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
Hare (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
Treecreeper (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Song Thrush (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Coal Tit (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Chaffinch (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Water Avens (c) Michael Flowers
[Barliman] Butterbur (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Record shot of Curlew (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Record shot of Lesser Whitethroat (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
This site used to be stuffed to the gills with Blackcaps, but there certainly weren't many in the woodland, especially this morning. There were quite a few Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs on the walk to the pool, but they were very hard to see. This seems to have been down to the lack of sunshine, because in the afternoon when the sun came out, the songsters moved from the centre of the bushes to the higher branches. One of the first birds we saw in the morning was a soaring Buzzard, and not long after this a Red Kite drifted through the valley. The lack of birds was partially compensated for by the fine array of wild flowers on display: Goldilocks Buttercup, Woodruff, Butterbur, Bluebells, Wood Anenome, Water Avens, Primroses and the Wild Garlic, which is about to burst into flower. We did manage to have good views of a Blackcap and Treecreeper in the afternoon, and better views of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff than we had in the morning. It will be interesting to see if further visits to this location this summer, will result in improved numbers of summer migrants.

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