A Catch up on Manor Farm

A Catch up on Manor Farm
A Catch up on Manor Farm
It's been an age since I have managed to write an update here (to be honest it's been a while since I managed to sort through my photos and I like to post lots with each new post here), so today I will update you on all that has happened since my last post, there are new patch birds, lots of summer migrants and a few butterflies.

Manor Farm April

Rather than try and catch up with individual posts, I'm just going to summarise April up until the 21st (I will try to get back into the habit of writing up daily, it is really more about not having images ready and I like to make my posts visually interesting as well).

Best bird was a lone Barn Owl (my first on the patch) seen whilst waiting for my bus to work, while stood at the bus stop a ghostly white, silent apparition appeared over the top of the nearby bushes and glided off over the road and out across the fields.

Mid April

By mid April migration was fully underway and all manner of warblers and waders were dropping in, highlights for me have been up to an amazing 12 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Sedge Warbler and lots of other nice birds.

The full list off all species and the first date seen (as well as the largest count) can be seen below the images which follow.


These images are a few of the highlights so far. there are a few more I will add over the next few days as I finally finish processing them (this is what has held up all my posts, laziness).

7 Spot Ladybird
7 Spot Ladybird

Unknown Beetle - Stony Stratford nature reserve
Unknown Beetle - Stony Stratford nature reserve

Blue Tit
Blue Tit

Common Whitethroat
Common Whitethroat

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Wood Pigeon
Wood Pigeon


Common Green Shield Bug
Common Green ShieldBug

Pied Shieldbug (My first)
Pied Shieldbug (My first)


Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel

Species Count Date
Greylag Goose 12-Apr-15
Canada Goose 09-Apr-15
Mute Swan 09-Apr-15
Common Shelduck 2 21-Apr-15
Gadwall 12-Apr-15
Mallard 09-Apr-15
Northern Shoveler 15-Apr-15
Eurasian Teal 12-Apr-15
Common Pochard 8 15-Apr-15
Tufted Duck 12-Apr-15
Common Pheasant 15-Apr-15
Great Crested Grebe 15-Apr-15
Great Cormorant 21-Apr-15
Grey Heron 15-Apr-15
Little Egret 12-Apr-15
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 17-Apr-15
Common Buzzard 09-Apr-15
Common Moorhen 09-Apr-15
Eurasian Coot 09-Apr-15
Eurasian Oystercatcher 2 12-Apr-15
Northern Lapwing 12-Apr-15
Common Ringed Plover 2 15-Apr-15
Little Ringed Plover 12 12-Apr-15
Common Sandpiper 1 15-Apr-15
Green Sandpiper 2 15-Apr-15
Common Greenshank 1 15-Apr-15
Common Redshank 8 12-Apr-15
Dunlin 4 15-Apr-15
Common Snipe 2 17-Apr-15
Mew Gull 15-Apr-15
Lesser Black-backed Gull 15-Apr-15
Great Black-backed Gull 4 21-Apr-15
Common Tern 4 15-Apr-15
Rock Dove 15-Apr-15
Stock Dove 15-Apr-15
Common Wood-Pigeon 09-Apr-15
Eurasian Collared-Dove 15-Apr-15
*Barn Owl* 1 04-Apr-15
Common Kingfisher 1 17-Apr-15
Great Spotted Woodpecker 17-Apr-15
Eurasian Green Woodpecker 12-Apr-15
Common Kestrel 21-Apr-15
Eurasian Jay 15-Apr-15
Common Magpie 09-Apr-15
Eurasian Jackdaw 09-Apr-15
Rook 12-Apr-15
Carrion Crow 09-Apr-15
Skylark 15-Apr-15
Sand Martin 4 15-Apr-15
Barn Swallow 1 12-Apr-15
Common House-Martin 4 17-Apr-15
Great Tit 09-Apr-15
Blue Tit 09-Apr-15
Long-tailed Tit 09-Apr-15
Eurasian Treecreeper 15-Apr-15
Eurasian Wren 09-Apr-15
Willow Warbler 5 15-Apr-15
Common Chiffchaff 7 09-Apr-15
Sedge Warbler 6 17-Apr-15
Blackcap 10 09-Apr-15
Lesser Whitethroat 1 21-Apr-15
Whitethroat 7 17-Apr-15
Robin 09-Apr-15
Blackbird 09-Apr-15
Song Thrush 15-Apr-15
Starling 09-Apr-15
Dunnock 09-Apr-15
Western Yellow Wagtail 4 15-Apr-15
Grey Wagtail 09-Apr-15
White/Pied Wagtail 1 12-Apr-15
Meadow Pipit 15-Apr-15
Reed Bunting 12-Apr-15
Chaffinch 09-Apr-15
Bullfinch 15-Apr-15
Greenfinch 15-Apr-15
Goldfinch 12-Apr-15
Linnet 15-Apr-15

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