Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Dawn on the Marsh

Clear with sunshine and a frosty start, 0°, no wind.

A 05:00 visit to the Marsh this morning with a hefty frost and a misty river under the clear skies.

Sedge Warbler the most frequent warbler encountered with c15 singing males (slightly down on past years).

8 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 1 poss 2 Garden Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff and a Cetti’s Warbler.

The Cuckoo did not turn up until approx. 07:00 and spent roughly 30 minutes around the marsh before moving off towards Bow Bridge,

A Common Sandpiper flew upstream and 2 Kingfisher present, also 3 Great Crested Grebe on the river and a surprise of a male Gadwall also on the river but flew off as soon as it got wind of me.

One Grebe, although appearing asleep with its head under its wing, managed to maintain its position in the centre of the river against the flow.

Grey Heron, Cormorant, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Treecreeper, Long-tailed Tit, Grey WagtailGreen Woodpecker and Great-spotted Woodpecker all noted.

Several Canada Geese (some with young), Greylag Geese and 2 Egyptian Geese down river towards the 4 Arches.

As the day warmed up our local House Martins appear to have arrived as 2 have been feeding over the garden and Church road with a couple of Swallow.

Mammals: Muntjac Deer and Roe Deer and a Water Shrew found dead.

Sunrise through the mist
Common Whitethroat
 Great Crested Grebe
 Canada Goose with young
Roe Deer
 Moon setting
 Loddon Lillies

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