Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Week 16 on the patch

16th April  Three hour walk before breakfast brought a mixed bag, the lagoon was quiet except for a fox worrying the rabbits, a pair of swallows and a few common warblers. I met ken at Radwell and we spent a pleasant half hour watching a kingfisher he spotted  diving for his breakfast from an assortment of perches, with some success, while I tried to digiscope it on my phone. Les and I spent the afternoon at Fowlmere but that was totally uneventful, except for hearing our first reed and sedge warblers of the year.

17th April.  A visit to the lagoon at last brought the sounds of a Willow warbler song from below the cliffs. Ken had a Raven flying over his house which was a good record.  Patch list 81

18th April  A proposed trip to Grafham and Little Paxton had to be called of as the A1 was locked, luckily we were able to get off and went to the lodge but all it turned out to be was a pleasant walk, we did hear a cuckoo though.

19th April and 20th April  no trip

21st April   After a damp and misty start to the day a walk on the patch revealed three more Lesser whitethroat territories, it seems they had a good winter in Africa.

Next week Tim and I will be doing a big day out on the patch on 25th, aiming for as many different species as we can manage on the day, hopefully somewhere between 50 and 65, watch this space.

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