Friday, 25 March 2011

Second SWALLOW of year and WHEATEARS arrive in numbers

A stroll around the ex Cole Green Landfill site this morning produced several singing chiffchaffs & a superb male BARN SWALLOW. Yellowhammers and linnets are returning back in good numbers with several singing males. Still a taste of winter with a nice mixed group of redwing & fieldfare with some birds singing, there songs are peculiar but nice to hear. Also had a couple of lesser redpoll feeding amongst some alders, don't get many here so a welcome reward. Lots of breeding activity amongst the commoner species, highlight being buzzard holding territory & chasing off competitors (Chris Beach).

Meanwhile, several NORTHERN WHEATEARS arrived today, with 2 at Barford (Darin Stanley) and another at Tyttenhanger Sheep Fields (Steve Blake)

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