Monday, 25 March 2019

25th March - mostly sunny, light NW, 13C

Willey; Blackthorn flowers have come out in the last few days.

Brandon Marsh; after a busy day I decided an evening 'sun-set' visit here may be a good move to see the reported Jack Snipe.  Looking out of Teal hide, several Teal and 2 Redshank.  Closely checking the reed edge I spotted 2 Jack Snipe feeding and 'bobbing' away, also 2 Common Snipe. I managed record shots and video in the dwindling light.

On the East Marsh a single Little-ringed Plover was seen, but at least 1 more could be heard.  Quite a few Shelduck and single female Wigeon among the other usual ducks

Sunday, 24 March 2019

24th March - sunny, light-breezy WNW, 13C

Willey; 1615h, 55 Fieldfare and 2 Redwings feeding on the pasture next to the BH wood, near yesterdays birds.

Shawell lagoons; am, only new bird was a single Oystercatcher feeding on central bank. 65 Wigeon were present.

Cotesbach Landfill; am, only new birds were a pair of Oystercatchers resting on a bank.

Stanford reservoir; a look here after lunch, a full circuit walk.  a Green Sandpiper was on the dam, 14 Lapwing on the adjacent field, later display over the fallow field was noted. A Sparrowhawk circled over had high.  A couple of Little Egret at the inlet. At least 3 Chiffchaffs were singing, Bullfinch was heard ion the thicket, a Jay was in the hedge.

Otherwise, other usual birds seen, duck numbers getting lower now.  In a quite gap before migrants arrive.   Comma and Peacock butterflies seen.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

23rd March - cloudy, light northerly, 11C

Willey; a quick check of my feed station this morning produced at least 10 Tree Sparrows, 6 Yellowhammers and the regulars.

About 1615h 37 Starlings were sitting atop of Ash trees with 2 Fieldfares to the east, a favourite pre-movement site.

Cotesbach Landfill; a couple of hours here after lunch produced the juv Iceland Gull again on the distant bank and at least 5 Red Kite.

Shawell Lagoons; here c70 Wigeon were feeding on the central bank, 6 Teal on the north pool, a couple of Great-crested Grebe and a single Little Grebe, otherwise just the regulars.

Cotesbach Sandy lane Pools; a pair of Green Wo0dpecker were feeding, Mute Swan, Canada and Grey Lag Geese were on the pools. A Red Kite was sitting in a Ash tree nearby.

Friday, 22 March 2019

22nd March - cloudy am, a few sunny intervals pm, but SW breeze freshening for a while, 13C

Willey; mid-morning c30 Fieldfares flew into tree tops along old railway cutting.  Late afternoon the Green Woodpecker was 'yaffling' behind the church and a Kestrel flew around quite low, seen here a couple of days ago too.
Last night (2300h) several Wigeon were heard calling as they flew over eastward.

Stanford reservoir; a look again this afternoon, still no Sand Martin.  A pair of Shelduck flew in, otherwise Duck numbers are definitely falling now.
A single Chiffchaff was calling and singing a little.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

21st March - cloudy, very light WSW, 14C

Willey; first thing c70 Fieldfare in trees and feeding on pasture east of village. A little later 5 Redwing flew from the spinney trees west of the village.

Cotesbach Landfill; the Juv Iceland Gull showed well mid afternoon.  3 Red Kite, 49 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck 12 Teal, 2 Red-legged Partridge.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

20th March - cloudy am, sunny pm, 15C, liught SW breeze

Willey; this morning to the west (Perkins area) a Coal Tit was singing in the Long Spinney and a Yellowhammer singing nearby in the field.
In the evening 17 Magpies were in the Paddocks behind the village farms.

Stanford reservoir; another afternoon look here from the dam end and Blowers bay.  Still no Sand Martins seen here although numbers are reported from several locations.
The 2 Pink-footed Geese were on the reservoir with the Grey Lags and a Great white Egret was sitting on a tree branch water-side.
A Chiffchaff was singing, there is several around now.  A pair of Bullfinches were heard in the scrub, including the males weak song.  A pair of Grey Wagtail were on the dam.

A Peacock butterfly was out in the sunshine.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

19th March - sunny spells early then clouding over, light W, 12C

Willey; at last the Pied Wagtail has a mate and they have started building under the old roof pan tiles as always.
About 1900h I heard a couple of Redwing call as they flew overhead.

Stanford Reservoir; a look around the dam and Blowers Lodge Bay this afternoon. A female Ketrel was in a nest box, later flying with her mate nearby.  A Green Woodpecker was calling, but few other passerines around. On the water the usual ducks,  nothing new.  A Raven flew over the inlet end northward.