Saturday, 30 April 2011

30th April 2011

Turnstone - Pillinge
Lesser Whitethroat - Singing near access track
Little Egret - Pillinge

Dawn Chorus Walk (4.30am - 7.45am)

A good turn out with about 25 people on the walk and several of us leading it. Although nothing unusual was seen we saw a good selecton of birds and had unusually good views of a Reed Warbler in the Marston Corner reedbed that most people saw in the scopes.

MVCP year ticks on the walk Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat & Swift.

After the walk and breakfast Bob Hook & I went down the access track and I got some video of a singing Lesser Whitethroat:

In the afternoon I went back to the Pillinge and was very pleased to find a Turnstone (MVCP Year Tick, at least) on the brick island there. If I have ever seen a Turnstone on the park before it was at least 20 years ago...There was also a Little Egret on the Pillinge.

MVCP Year list now... 98 (Birds added today Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Swift & Turnstone - with Cuckoo and Lesser Whitethroat now seen as well as heard. Additional heard-only species: Cetti's Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler & Water Rail.

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