Friday, 6 April 2012

The Marsh and the Hill

Sunny start then cloudy, 10°, light NE, a good frost.
An early trip to Cholsey Marsh this morning, The River looked quite eerie this morning with a layer of mist over it and gently blowing over the marsh. Cetti’s Warbler still present and singing but still quite skulky.
9 Blackcaps seen in a relatively small area today, all males, suggesting overnight arrivals.
5 Chiffchaff and 4 Reed Buntings singing, also 2 pairs of Bullfinch present.
Lollingdon hill had 3 Wheatears, 2 Fieldfare and 30+ Meadow Pipit also 6 Chaffinch feeding with them.
Pied Wagtail (2), Linnet (4), Corn Bunting (5) and Yellowhammer (2)  also present.
Redwing heard but not seen so no numbers I’m afraid.
First Cuckoo heard today by a birder at Freeland and a Yellow Wagtail seen near Banbury so our summer visitors are slowly arriving.


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