Swift

First Henfield Swift of the year seen by Roger at West End Lane yesterday.   And a Nightingale has turned up on Will’s  patch by the alder wood at Woodmancote.  Two Turtle Doves by the West Mill stream late afternoon yesterday, 1 Nightingale, and in the field between the stream and West Mill Lane were a singing Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and a pair of Stonechats.

Things are arriving!

Whinchat seen near Eastout, and first Turtle Dove reported in a garden in Furners Mead today.  Swallows & House Martins chattering over the Lydds.  Nice flock of about 20 Linnets in same field as Whinchat. Only got pic of Linnet though.

This morning

28 swans in the fields at Brookside/Rye Farm, a single Lapwing,  assorted geese and a Little Egret. A crow had a go at a Raven low by the Downslink & a Cetti’s sang from the bushes at the side. Only 1 apparently occupied nest in the little heronry. East of the Downslink a Reed Bunting sang its ineffectual song, 3 Lapwings tried to mob a crow, and 5 Linnets flew up from the grass. In the wet area were 2 swans, a Coot and a couple of Greylag. Another Cetti’s sang by the gate. Near Lepride a commotion from other birds alerted  me to a Peregrine scything through the trees!

This morning’s walk

Met John C at Hollands Lane at 8.30, but our departure was delayed while we sorted out what to do with “Duke” the roaming Labrador who didn’t seem to have an owner or a home to go to!  Anyway, having rung the owner and found Duke a temporary shelter with Leah at 3 New Cottages, we set off with Maya to meet Angela who was walking up from Small Dole and wondering where we were.

Wildfowl on the floods continues to decrease but we saw:

22 Shoveler

Approx. 30 of Teal

Approx 20 Wigeon

2 Gadwall (pair)

1 Shelduck

3 Black-tailed Godwits (nice!)

2 Lapwing

1 Little Egret

A few Greylag and Canada Geese

And – flying low over the water – 2 Swallows

Along the railway line we heard several Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps singing, and got good views of both.  One of the nests in the little heronry had a sitting tenant.  The riverbank was pretty quiet.  Several Skylarks singing, 2 Buzzards displaying over Wyckham Wood and a burst of Cetti’s Warbler near New Inn bridge was about it!  Song Thrushes, Robins and Wrens all in good voice throughout, and towards the end we saw a Kestrel fly low across a field by Rye Farm and heard a Coal Tit singing.