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

Greylag Goose12-Apr-15
Canada Goose09-Apr-15
Mute Swan09-Apr-15
Common Shelduck221-Apr-15
Northern Shoveler15-Apr-15
Eurasian Teal12-Apr-15
Common Pochard815-Apr-15
Tufted Duck12-Apr-15
Common Pheasant15-Apr-15
Great Crested Grebe15-Apr-15
Great Cormorant21-Apr-15
Grey Heron15-Apr-15
Little Egret12-Apr-15
Eurasian Sparrowhawk17-Apr-15
Common Buzzard09-Apr-15
Common Moorhen09-Apr-15
Eurasian Coot09-Apr-15
Eurasian Oystercatcher212-Apr-15
Northern Lapwing12-Apr-15
Common Ringed Plover215-Apr-15
Little Ringed Plover1212-Apr-15
Common Sandpiper115-Apr-15
Green Sandpiper215-Apr-15
Common Greenshank115-Apr-15
Common Redshank812-Apr-15
Common Snipe217-Apr-15
Mew Gull15-Apr-15
Lesser Black-backed Gull15-Apr-15
Great Black-backed Gull421-Apr-15
Common Tern415-Apr-15
Rock Dove15-Apr-15
Stock Dove15-Apr-15
Common Wood-Pigeon09-Apr-15
Eurasian Collared-Dove15-Apr-15
*Barn Owl*104-Apr-15
Common Kingfisher117-Apr-15
Great Spotted Woodpecker17-Apr-15
Eurasian Green Woodpecker12-Apr-15
Common Kestrel21-Apr-15
Eurasian Jay15-Apr-15
Common Magpie09-Apr-15
Eurasian Jackdaw09-Apr-15
Carrion Crow09-Apr-15
Sand Martin415-Apr-15
Barn Swallow112-Apr-15
Common House-Martin417-Apr-15
Great Tit09-Apr-15
Blue Tit09-Apr-15
Long-tailed Tit09-Apr-15
Eurasian Treecreeper15-Apr-15
Eurasian Wren09-Apr-15
Willow Warbler515-Apr-15
Common Chiffchaff709-Apr-15
Sedge Warbler617-Apr-15
Lesser Whitethroat121-Apr-15
Song Thrush15-Apr-15
Western Yellow Wagtail415-Apr-15
Grey Wagtail09-Apr-15
White/Pied Wagtail112-Apr-15
Meadow Pipit15-Apr-15
Reed Bunting12-Apr-15

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