Sunday, 21 April 2013

Staines Moor and Res (21st April)

A long overdue first-time visit to Staines Moor in the hope of connecting with yesterdays Gropper.  Unfortunately, yet another dip on the same species in two days.  However, my brother and I did see our first HOBBY of the year, a great treat as it was very approachable and remained perched on an ant hill for at least half an hour!  We also saw our first 2 CUCKOOS of the year (singing from the dead trees in the north east corner of the moor).  Other species of note included my first singing Reed Warbler of the year, 1 Sedge Warbler, as well as plenty of Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.  A Redshank also flew over near the northern edge and on the walk to Staines Reservoir, we found 2 singing LESSER WHITETHROATS (yet another year tick).

first Hobby of the year

first Cuckoo of the year too

a very out-of-focus Lesser Whitethroat

Staines Reservoir was a little quiet but a couple of birds were of interest including 5 Arctic Terns, 1 sum. plum. Black-necked Grebe and a Black-tailed Godwit feeding on the bank of the S basin.

1 of the 5 Arctic Terns at Staines Res

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