4 May 2015

Common Cranes:     3 Cranes seen flying over CWP today.  Initially seen at 15.30 at CWP 74 (Richard Vernon) and then at 16.00 at CWP 57  flying north.  (Dave Soons)   Dave managed to photograph these and confirms they are colour ringed birds, presumably from the Crane Project.   This is not unexpected as the RSPB felt that the cranes that visited last year may re-visit.

Whimbrel (Jon Mercer)

Whimbrel (Jon Mercer)

Waterhay:   8 Whimbrel in field by CWP 83 this morning.  By midday they were near the gateway on the road but being moved around by the cows.   Also Skylark, Jay, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Common Tern, Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Nigel Pleass.  Bob Philpott.  Wilf Lewis.  Jon Mercer

CWP 68d:  early morning.  Two Cuckoo. Nigel Pleass

Jay (Wilf Lewis)

Jay (Wilf Lewis)

Ashton Keynes to Cleveland lake: 1 Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Buzzard, 2 Jay, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Skylark, 3 Garden Warbler, several Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Egret, 2 Common Tern, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Long-tailed tit and many Swift and Sand Martin. Peter Wright

CWP 74:  Cuckoo calling from around Heronry direction.   Hobby low over water,  Common terns with Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Long-tailed Tit near gate area.  2 Nightingale.   4 Whimbrel,  20+ Swift.    Bob Philpott.  Jon Mercer. Richard Vernon

Reed Warbler (Jon Mercer)

Reed Warbler (Jon Mercer)

CWP 6:  5+ Reed Warblers.    Jon Mercer

CWP 43:  bubbling female Cuckoo being chased by a male.    Nightingale.   Jon Mercer

Lower Moor:   Cetti’s warbler calling and flying in front of second hide.  2 other Cetti’s warbler calling.   Bob Philpott

Blakehill:  4 Whimbrel,  Curlew, Skylark, 2 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, 4 Hares, Green-winged Orchids   Robin Griffiths.  Wilf Lewis.

Between Shorncote hides & Keynes Park (near CWP 88) – 1 Bar-headed Goose this afternoon, in field with flock of c40 Canada geese.  J Gregory

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