Monday, 25 April 2011

Bank Holiday Weekend Highlights

A male WOOD WARBLER was singing from Silver Birch and Oak woodland just east of Clinkmere Pond at the far end of Monument Drive from Saturday afternoon to very early this morning, the first long-stayer there for several years. It was singing frequently and showing well at times and was very mobile, moving between both counties. A male LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER was also in the vicinity.

In East Herts, a SHORT-EARED OWL was also notable - being the first and only individual of this species in the county this year - it was showing both early and late in fields either side of the Wallington road just as the road starts climbing up the hill (Mike Ilett, Mick Frosdick, et al)

Other than that, little to report - the highlight at Wilstone being an adult LITTLE GULL, a single BLACK TERN and the reeling GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

Lee Evans

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