Thursday 11 April 2024

A generally quiet week with the weather seemingly unsettled until today where the temperatures felt quite warm out there. Birds of note throughout the week included another Wheatear I'm pretty sure compared to the bird on Sunday. This bird seemed to have a much whiter supercillium above the eye. Other than the usual common species noted, there have been 1 Water Rail, 1 Coot, 1 Bittern heard booming early morning from the Stour Valley, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 7 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling, 3 Yellowhammer and 11 Reed Bunting. Today there were 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Kite high North, c10 Common Buzzard, 1 Jay, 2 Raven, 5 Skylark, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Sedge Warbler, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat and 2 Bullfinch. Butterflies noted included 1 Large White, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Green veined White and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. 'Nocmig recording at night when the weather allowed was surprisingly quiet with nothing of note recorded but the Badgers continue to show well on the trail camera but the Beavers continue to elude the cameras at night. I will continue to persevere with them as I'm hoping eventually I will connect with them. 


Marsh Harrier - male


  1. More delightful Wheatear shots, Marc, but those Marsh Harrier shots are wonderful. I suspect that I won't get to see a Marsh Harrier this year. Best wishes - take good care - - - Richard

    1. Many thanks Richard. I often see Marsh Harriers but they seldom come within range of the camera so it was good to grab a few shots. Take care.