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Thursday, 14 April 2016

14th Apr 2016: Lesser Whitethroats

Tuesday 12th:
Ian Rowe was out early morning and had a Common Sandpiper at the reservoir. There was the Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler and a few Blackcaps along the river. There was also at least 10 Chiffchaffs.

A little later in the morning John had a Curlew fly over high west, a White Wagtail and noted there seemed to be an arrival of Blackcaps. At lunchtime he had two Little Ringed Plovers.

Courtesy and copyright of Derek Lane
Wednesday 13th:
John found the 99th species for the year with a Lesser Whitethroat feeding in the scrub on the eastern side of the river. The Sedge Warbler was in it's usual place too and seems settled into a territory now. There was also five species of butterfly out with Comma, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and a white sp.

Courtesy and copyright of Derek Lane
Thursday 14th:
John had a Common Sandpiper early morning and there was a couple of Siskins still but there was not a lot else around. Mid morning I had a walk around joined by Derek Lane. We struggled to see much at all but we did confirm Treecreepers are nesting in the dead tree by the railway bridge again. On my way back down the western path there were two Lesser Whitethroats feeding in the hawthorns and one gave a little snatch of song. 

In the afternoon John and I were out as it was forecast to rain and we were hoping it would down some migrants, but it didn't really rain until very late and we both had to leave. There was a reasonable gathering of hirundines of all three species. We had the two Willow Tits feeding on the edge of the wood, so they are obviously not nesting (yet?) and there was a Yellow Wagtail in the Upper Cherwell Valley by the Borrow Pit. 

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