Sunday, 20 March 2011

Saturday 19th March 2011

12:30 > 13:00
Sunny, warm, calm, circa 14c

A quick walkthrough on a warm lunchtime, a couple of groups were even picnicing, on my way elsewhere and really with the aim of relocating yesterdays Cetti. No luck but along the same stretch of hedgerow, an area thats probably greatly underwatched if watched at all between the Grand Union Canal and Back Brook, there were at least three Chiffchaffs and a couple of returnee Meadow Pipits.

Out on the water, fairly quiet, the only waders being a pair of Green Sandpiper. Two Little Egret also picked about in the margins. On the duck front the Shelduck pair remain but dozed in the midday sun so a chance for a rest for the other wildfowl present 10 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck and a pair of Teal.

By number Gulls dominated proceedings though with around 250 around the water, on the whole Commons and Black Headers with no larger or 'odd' gulls noted.

Overhead a Sparrowhawk held wheeling competions with the pair of Common Buzzards making most use of the warm air and a Little Owl shot out from the pollarded Willows to the far west end of Back Brook.

And along the approach road on leaving a fair smattering of Brimstone butterflies showed that maybe spring is about to be sprung.

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