Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Report from Roger Lane. 21st April 2010

" A little better today, despite the haze and cold. Went to Par without much hope really ! Stopped at the Pool to listen, and five warblers sang for me, including the Cetti's (just once, and from the far side of the pool from the road!). The others of course were Chiff-chaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler (and the Cettis). So I went to the wilderness and waited until I heard a Blackcap, six Warblers, all heard but none seen !!! I failed to hear the 7th warbler which may have been present !
Up to the western car-park, no problem with space today. Had a good look at the sea, and indeed there were 9 x Sand.Terns, if not more, and the usual couple of Gannets. Overflying the Bay were 4 x Whimbrel, and in the Dunes, 1 x Wheatear was seen.
Back to the Pool and not one but 2 x Little Grebes were seen, one (male?) in very dark summer plumage, following a pale (female?). Also at the pool, on the causeway to the island was 1 x Common Sandpiper. Not bad for a 'stay-at-home' sort of day. In fact the Whimbrel, the Wheatear and the Sandpiper were year ticks!"
Thanks for the report Roger.

O timing was bad. I decided to give PBP a miss and go down the Manoa Valley instead.
8 x Wood Pigeons
2 x Chaffinches
1 x Buzzard
1 x Long-tailed Tit
1 x Robin
1 x Dipper
1 x Grey Heron
plus Gulls and Corvids.
Not much about Hirundines, Goldcrests or Warblers seen.


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