An early walk down to the Weaver Bend, produced 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Cetti’s Warbler seen at least 15 heard, 2 Sedge Warbler. 10 Common Chiffchaff and 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Western Grasshopper Warbler heard.
Observer: Gary Powell.
On arriving at the marsh I decided to walk along Brook Furlong Lane and as far as the farm hoping for wheatears, there were warblers in the hedgerow all the way along As the pipes came into view I scanned the fence posts, but nothing to see, I did sot a Brown Hare and then 2 (released) Grey Partridge in the same field. European Stonechat and Meadow Pipit for company until I got to the cattle grid. Looking along the pipes and I noticed a Northern Wheatear. A quick walk to the Weaver Bend for a chance of whinchat, then a Whooper Swan flew overhead and a Western Marsh Harrier out towards Weston Point and a Western Grasshopper Warbler reeling near to the shooters’ pool. I headed back towards the car where another ‘gropper’ and a few more Cetti’s Warbler. There were lots of Orange-tip butterflies to be seen, but no whinchats, oh well another day perhaps, so an end to a cracking morning.
Observer: Keith Gallie.
The female Whooper Swan is still present at Spike Island and will be for the foreseeable future – per WSM.