26 April 2017

CWP43:   5 singing nightingale – one obligingly visible and full throated near the footpath heading toward CWP42 – 3 in this area. Blackcaps, Garden warblers, Whitethroat, Reed buntings, Willow warblers, Chiffchaffs, Sedge warblers, Reed warblers, Cuckoo, 2 Jay, 4 Common tern, Sand martins, House martins, Swallows    Graham Powell

CWP 41:  Swallows, House Martins , Sand Martins,     Graham Powell

Thames Path: Grey Heron, Kingfisher    Graham Powell

CWP 57: 10 Common tern, Sand martins, Swallows, House martins    Graham Powell

CWP 44: Goosander   Graham Powell

Cleveland lakes, near Lake 68A/B:    20+ Sand Martins, Swallow, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Cetti’s warbler, Grasshopper warbler (heard reeling briefly near new bird screen), Long tailed tit, Linnet.  2 Muntjac deer in edge of willow carr visible behind reeds from new bird screen.   Orange tip     Huw Jones

Blakehill: 4 Whinchats, 5 Wheatears, 2 Curlews   Robin Griffiths

CWP 74:   100+ Sand Martins with a few Swallows and a single Swift over the lake. Redshank calls from the scrape area.  Some song from Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Cetti’s Warbler in the scrubby area next to the screen.   John Grearson

N.B:     John Grearson has identified a Buff-tailed Bumblebee nest in the ground in the raised earth to the right of Twitchers’ Gate.  The entrance hole is exactly where you have to stand when using a telescope so this will become a problem for bees and birders as the colony size increases. It would be best to avoid that viewing place and use the screen instead for the time being. 

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