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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Ingrebourne Valley March 12th

Out at dawn to try and pick up a Tawny Owl, weather system did not look bad for once for the start of the weekend. No luck with the Owl but just good to be out in decent weather, decided to do the viewing area and then up to the top paddock, hopefully for Wheatear, and also to see if the White Fronted Geese were still with us. There was a time when I would walk the whole site in a morning but these days my stumpy little legs protest and are not up to the job.

Male Yellowhammer

 With the brighter skies many species are now starting to sing in earnest, 2 Chiffchaffs calling were the 1st of the year and additionally a pair of Lapwing were in the viewing area, with all the recent works on the site to stop the River Ingrebourne flooding, species like Lapwing hopefully will not get flooded out. Vast stretches of the river have been de silted and cleant, it had become clogged up and flooding had become a regular event at the St.Georges Hospital section.

Lapwings in the viewing area


Highlights from the morning were

Siskin 8 – dropped in to the copse adjacent to the top paddock

Lesser Redpoll – 12 again over the copses in Berwick Glades

Golden Plover – 1 over

Goldcrest – 2

Cetti’s Warbler – 5 calling

Great Spotted Woodpecker – 2 drumming

Sparrowhawk – pair displaying

Negative news on the White Fronted Geese, they were not in with the Greylags, possibly at Belhus Country Park.

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