Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sunday April 16th

Alvecote Pools
Warks: Great White Egret on Mill Pool and Redstart nearby (Adam Archer). Also, Wheatear.

Dosthill Lake
Egyptian Goose, nine Oysercatchers and Common Tern.

Ladywalk NR
A surprise find today was a male Pied Flycatcher near Hide B (Pete Sofley). One of only a handful in the UK today, this was the second Reserve bird in two years after a female on April 30th and May 1st last year. Warks saw birds at an unprecedented, of late, six sites in Spring 2016. Also, four Common Sandpipers, Yellow & White Wagtail and a Whitethroat.

Middleton RSPB
Staffs: Four Black-tailed Godwits and a Curlew
Warks: A drake Garganey at Fisher's Mill (Dave Hutton).

Pied Flycatchers

I wrote in 2014 that there were "no records again (in Warks) and that there were only seven records in the past five years". Similarly I gave the Kiss of Death to Greenshank records and after taking them out of a tabulated summary that year, there was a good series of records in 2015. Hence, I would like to think I am able to give the Kiss of Life to certain species and confidently predict another record Spring for Pied Flys. As always "Look to the Hills" for the best return.

Weather

A predicted north-easterly airflow, with overcast and cool conditions tomorrow might result in larger numbers of hirundines and the odd Little Gull or Arctic Tern, or maybe not.

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