Sunday 9 April 2017

Carlton Marsh

It was another wonderful weather day with wall to wall sunshine until mid - afternoon and a maximum temperature of 22.1c.
An early start for the Common Bird Census produced the following singing birds; Wren 16, Robin, 12, Chiffchaff 14, Blackcap 12, Willow Warbler 4, Coal Tit 1, Skylark 6 etc.
Our resident pair of Redshanks were on the wader scrape with a pair of displaying Lapwings, Buzzard was up and Peregrine was seen nearby. There are still 7 Teal and a pair of Tufted Duck with at least 6 Greylags and c20 Canada Geese.

Hirundines have been scarce here - no Swallow yet, but a Sand Martin flew over Geoff Miller's home this afternoon (about half a mile east of the reserve).
3 Hares were boxing on adjacent arable land and a Fox was hunting the disused rail bank.

The Wildfowl Counts for today were; Mute Swan 2, Canada Goose 34, Greylag 12, Coot 8, Moorhen 5, Teal 7, Mallard 7, Gadwall 23, Cormorant 2, Grey Heron 2, Redshank 2, Lapwing 2, Tufted Duck 2. (Dave Standish)

A Swallow was feeding over the Wader Scrape this evening. (Tony Harding)

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