Warbler Wonderland

Warbler Wonderland - Pied Wagtail
Warbler Wonderland - Pied Wagtail
A Lack of decent photos (Not sure what has happened this week) and a lack of motivation to write this week has meant no blog posts even though I have been out every day this week, so far, so it's another round up post, sorry.

One thing I'd like to shout from the rooftops before I start the post though is the stunning fact that I have reached the 100 mark on bird species for the year on the patch, and we are not out of April! Quite amazing in my opinion, maybe not if you have a wonderful coastal patch but on the edge of Milton Keynes and just about as far from the coast as you can get I think it's pretty good (but more on that later I guess).


Monday 25th April


After the amazing finds of Sunday, I hit the patch after my night shift finished in search of better photos of the two black winged stilt, sadly after hours of searching the conclusion was they had moved on.

The best birds on the pits were 6 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Redshank and a stunning (if a little distant) summer plumage Dunlin, the resplendent orange and brown back setting off the jet black belly beautifully.

With summer now arriving quickly the air is alive with the screeches of Common Tern, and the bubbling of House Martin, Sand Martin and Swallow, but today also signalled the arrival of the Common Swift, as a few of the scimitar shaped birds dissected the skied in amazing feats of speed.

Warblers were also in evidence as a few Sedge Warbler were joined by a single singing Reed Warbler the first of the year, as well as several Whitethroat and more.

House Martin in Flight
House Martin in Flight

House Martin in Flight
House Martin in Flight

House Martin in Flight
House Martin in Flight

House Martin in Flight
House Martin in Flight



Tuesday 26th April


No photos with this part of the post, as i really struggled to get any in focus, think I may have been tired!

The birds were not amazing on Tuesday, it was pretty much business as usual on the pits, the regular LRP and Redshank but little else. However as I watched out of the main hide a Peregrine blasted through in front of me, followed by a second. This second bird then flew up, I assumed chasing pigeons but on closer inspection it was actually chasing off two more falcons, sadly I didn't manage to get a good enough look at these so was not sure if they were more Peregrine (seems unlikely) or a couple of early Hobby (would have been number 100!).

Again plenty of warblers were in, but at first nothing too unusual and then suddenly I heard a call I did not instantly recognise, followed by a slightly "off" warble, eventually I located the bird and saw my first Garden Warbler of the year number 100!

Wednesday 27th April Warbler Wonderland


If the warblers had been in in numbers on previous days it was nothing compared to today! 

But first the waders, Arriving at the pits at first I thought it was going to be business as usual, with the regular 4 Redshank and at least 3 Little Ringed Plover (there may well be more), but while I sat and waited a brilliant Greenshank flew in and sat in front of the main hide, my 101st patch tick. Later on there were also 3 Common Sandpiper, add to the Lapwing and 2 Oystercatchers and the wader numbers were looking good.

Greenshank
Greenshank


Walking the patch I was amazed to count so many different warblers, including two new patch year ticks, a Lesser Whitethroat picking its way through the bushes and trees beside the river and then as I was heading home a Cetti's Warbler burst into song over the river, near the aqueduct (I assume along the camp site lakes). But there were plenty of others, here are the totals: 7 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap and a stunning 12 Whitethroat (altough there may well have been more).

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Lapwing coming in to land
Lapwing coming in to land

Sand Martin in Flight
Sand Martin in Flight


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4 comments:

  1. Fantastic photos of the martins in flight, very tricky to capture!

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    1. Thank you, they are quite cropped, as I just couldn't get close as they fly way to quickly :)

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  2. Sounds a busy week! Congrats on the 100th patch bird milestone! :)

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    1. I love this time of year as it is so busy on the patch, and with the weather warming it's about to get more interesting with teh bugs, butterflies and dragonflies etc. coming out :)

      So pleased to get 100 for the year so quickly, although not many birds left to see of the patch without something exciting turning up :)

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