11.04.14. Birdlog

11.04.14. Birdlog

11.04.14. Blackcap. Bill Morton

My sightings from this mornings walk to the Weaver Bend and back this morning (9 till 10:30);

At least 10 Chiffchaff along Weaver Lane (road onto marshes from Ship Street) along with many Wren and Dunnock singing at full volume.

In the fields around the reed-bed/The Lum: 4 Gadwall, Shelduck (at least 50 in total here and on the river), about 10 Lapwing pairs and 3 (seen, more heard) Skylarks in full aerial performances.

My first male Marsh Harrier on the local patch rose out off the Weaver Bend as I walked along the path,  although the 3 Buzzards keeping it company were certainly less thrilled than I was to see it.

On the Weaver Bend: 2 Oystercatcher, 20 Tufted Duck, 5 Redshank, 1 solitary breeding plumage Black-tailed Godwit, with my highlight being 2 Avocet (having missed the ones from a few weeks ago).

2 Linnets briefly showed in the trees beside the field nearest the motorway on the way home. Shortly followed by 4 Reed Buntings who were having a full on mid-air fight. So embroiled in their battle that they failed to notice me watching them no more than 2 feet away. One even got tangled in a branch, but managed to wriggle himself free after about 30 seconds, only for him to re-join the fight! Never seen such aggressive behaviour between birds of the same species.

Observer: Michael Giverin.

Later in the day a female Marsh Harrier was over No.6 tank while 4 Ringed Plover were being territorial there. Blackcap singing from the hawthorn hedge joined the Chiffchaffs. 2 Wheatear were on No.1 tank and the first Swallow of the Spring joined 5 Sand Martin over the P.O.W bridge along Moorditch Lane. .

Observer: Paul Crawley

Image: WSM