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Friday 15 April 2011

An afternoon in the Valley - April 15th

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

Common Whitethroat
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

Speckled Wood


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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