Friday, 26 March 2010
Up the hill & Down at the Farm
Pleasant ramble up the escarpment & round through the farms.
Wind assisted alba wagtails & Mipits moving through.
4 singing Chiffchaff 2 of them in non breeding areas.
The only other migrants being 2 Woodcock in rough grass - no sign of Wheateaters or Ouzels along the top of the escarpment.
Despite the blowy conditions decent showing from Little Owls, half a dozen seen including a pair in the quarry.
We may have lost some of our numbers of farmland birds, but managed to see the full complement this morning with 12+Stock Dove, male Corn Bunting, 10+Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammers & Linnets at nest sites, 5pr Grey Partridge, Skylarks etc etc
Still a few small groups of Skylarks & buntings hanging around were theyve wintered.
Watched Willow Tit singing & Long tailed Tit carrying in a sheltered thorny hollow.
An excavotor was busy in the old churchyard digging out old hidden gravestones from the base of the crags - close, but hopefully no closer to one of BO roosts.
Couple of hours work this aftnoon - then i'll try for the Little Plover again - hope it comes easier than last year !
40martin & a Swallow at Ch-le-St