Monday, 29 March 2010

And a longer, prolonged watch over the smaller reservoirs Saturday - Ben Miller

I spent the morning around Startops & Marsworth hoping something might drop in or over. I got the following...

One COMMON TERN, seen with David Bilcock and later LGRE. Dave had seen it at Wilstone earlier & we re-located it sat on the bales on Startops. It was then present throughout the morning, commuting between both ressies and into both counties. The first for the Tring area, and Bucks, this year.

Several flocks of hirundines went through following rain bands - probably c.50 Sand Martins and c.20 Barn Swallows during the morning, but not the hoped for House Martin, let alone Alpine Swift!

2 different CETTI'S WARBLERS were singing, and 5 Chiffchaffs singing around the two ressies - no Willow Warblers, though. The drake RED-CRESTED POCHARD was on Startops all morning.

12+ Common Buzzards, 5 Red Kites, 4 Sparrowhawks and 3 Kestrels were seen, though nothing more exciting such as an Osprey or Marsh Harrier. The only waders seen were c.40 Golden Plovers distantly over the Vale of Aylesbury, and a single Lapwing over.

Other birds seen included 1 Kingfisher, 2+ Grey Wagtail, 15+ Pied Wagtails (no Whites again!) and 4+ Reed Buntings.

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