Thursday, 28 April 2011

Ayot St Lawrence TURTLE DOVE back and TREE PIPIT in Ashridge

The EURASIAN TURTLE DOVE was back in Ayot St Lawrence this morning. It was on the weather vane on top of the Brocket Arms, and then flew to the chimney of the house next door (not the Old Rectory, the house on the other side). It was interesting to see how its throat puffs out when it 'purrs' (David Booth)

Meanwhile, Ian Bennell located an extremely elusive and skulking TREE PIPIT in Ashridge Forest - in the area of the two Monument Drive ponds. The bird gave itself up briefly for Dave Bilcock, Francis Buckle, Mike Campbell and Graham Knight but then went to ground. I spent the best part of two hours there this afternoon with no joy (LGRE)

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