Tuesday, 23 March 2010


A quick bash around the hills this morning and part of the Tring res's saw a few more migrants.
Steps Hill held 5 singing COMMON CHIFFCHAFFS but little else.

Ivinghoe Beacon held 4 NORTHERN WHEATEARS, 3 were stunning males. These were on the South slope of the beacon. Also here I was delighted when 3 COMMON CROSSBILLS, 1 a lovely red male flew past me, sort of chipping, and continued Eastwards. This is only about my third record for the hills, and one of those was last Autumn.

At Startops Res ( Herts ) there were 17 Sand Martins and 2 European Barn Swallows over the water and the drake Red-crested Pochard was present. The canal bank held 17 migrant Pied Wagtails, so surely only a matter of time before they pull in a White (Mike Wallen).

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