Monday 15 April 2024

Birding Saturday in pleasant windless conditions from first light until 09:30 produced 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Water Rail, 1 Coot, 1 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 1 Bittern booming early morning from the Stour Valley, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 1 Raven, 1 Skylark, 6 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer and 7 Reed Bunting.  Sunday Morning dawned bright again with little wind. As I was collecting the recorder I could hear 1 Cuckoo (104) calling in the distance. There were 5 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck (105) flew in from the east and then flew north inland, 1 Water Rail, 2 Mediterranean Gull south calling, 2 Lesser Black backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl heard, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Raven, 4 Skylark, 9 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (106) sang from the western boundary, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer and 13 Reed Bunting. Recording last night (Sunday) produced a Tawny Owl and a distant Nightingale (107) which is singing a few hundred metres out of the patch boundary but obviously can be heard within the boundary so therefore countable. I will hopefully hear it at the weekend all being well if I'm out early or late. 

Sedge Warbler

Yellow Wagtail




  1. Your year list is stacking up nicely, Mark. Excellent shots of the Sedge Warbler and Yellow Wagtail.

    The cold weather has returned here, so no more LRDs from the garden min-pond since the earlier six.

    Best wishes - - - Richard

    1. Many thanks Richard. If only there were a few birds moving at night, the list could be healthier. Take care.

  2. Hello Mark, some great encounters of birds! Your photos are wonderful!

    1. Much appreciated Roos. Many thanks for looking in. Take care.