Finished work early so headed for the Ingrebourne Valley to try and catch up with a few more migrants, even in the afternoon, many recently arrived birds were singing well, numbers are starting to build.( Click on photo's too enlarge)
|Male Lapwing viewing area|
Met up with Les Harrison and Dick Jefferies and we took the viewing area –black bridge – top paddock route, the paddock came up trumps with 5 Wheatear, some were quite posy, interesting to note even in the adults how much variation there is in plumage details. Top bird goes to a very distant Hobby sitting in the paddock on the fence line, quite an early bird, last year the first recorded was April 24th.
|Les and Dick|
|Very, very distant Hobby|
2 Lesser Whitethroats were also year ticks, other species of note seen or heard were -
Reed Warbler 5, Common Whitethroat 8, Willow Warbler 4 and 2 Common Buzzards.
The viewing area produced a single Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe, 3 Little Egret, Teal and a pair of Gadwall.
Butterflies seen were Small Tortoiseshell , OrangeTip, Peocock , 9 Small Whites, 2 Green Veined Whites and 14 Speckled Woods.
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