Tuesday, 14 April 2009

April 14th 2009

From the sounds of the contact calls a large party of Whimbrel flew over my house while I was hanging out the washing (00:30) heading north east.
Draycote Water when I arrived was clear but the clouds rolled in from the south east and hazy in the morning becoming brighter and windier in the afternoon.
Green-winged Teal: the male was still present at 6:30am well hidden amongst the willows in toft shallows but flushed by tree cutters on the board walk and never seen again.
Hen Harrier: the female showed again 3x between 10:45 to 11:45 in fields behind rainbow corner and was even watched soaring with a Buzzard.
Ring Ousel: male behind rainbow corner flushed by harrier 10:45
Little Gull: adult and immature.
Wheatear: male in morning and two in afternoon.
Great-northern Diver: could only find one.
Also seen were 4 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail and remaining duck of interest were 10 Gadwall, 4 Teal, Wigeon and 3 Shoveler.
By mid-morning Buzzards were up and about in good numbers. Only a 6 Swallow and 3 House Martins noted
Besides Severn Trent allowing tree cutters to operate in the breeding season another downer was finding out I had no credit on me phone so apologies to those I never rang oops.

Butterflies today were 1 Small White, 3 Large White, 4 Orange-tip. 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Peacock, 2 Green-veined White, 12 Brimstone, 1 Large Skipper and 2 Comma.

Herald in moth trap last night


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