Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lockdown Day Three (Thursday 26th)

☀️14C ~ Wind ←E@9mph Thursday 26th March 2020 ~ Last nights nocturnal recordings began at 23:30 through until 06:30. Despite clear skies throughout and a light frost this morning, things were generally quiet. Well, I say quiet but living on a marina there's a constant chatter throughout the night of Coots battling, Moorhens calling, female Mallards getting chased everywhere, the resident Mute Swans seeing off usurpers and Canada Geese (don't get me started there LOL).

Sonograph of Common Snipe passing through last night
The few highlights included Snipe, (2) Song Thrush, (15) Redwing individuals with a multi-hit (several birds passing over) at 5:05 and another (6) individuals through at dawn 05:17. The Tawny Owls were a little quieter tonight but no sign of Barn Owl. Once again the first songster was a Blackbird at 04:40 sixteen minutes earlier than Tuesday.

Red Kite at Napton reservoir passing at height
I had an afternoon walk on my now regular Napton Reservoir circular route which once again was devoid of fisherman! I can't get used to seeing it like this but frankly, I'm not complaining! The reservoir was quiet once again with just a few additions to yesterdays post, which included a Red Kite which drifted south at height a Sparrowhawk, which flew along to the rear of the reedbed and a Treecreeper in the trees around the moored boats. There is still a lack of Hirundies to be found but I'm putting this down to the clear skies and the east north-easterly winds.

A Yellowhammer would brighten up anyones day.
On the fields opposite the towpath as I passed Napton Narrowboats (11) Fieldfare were feeding and a Grey Wagtail flew along the canal. A total of (5) Chiffchaff singing in total around the route plus (2) Yellowhammer, (4) Buzzard (2) Kestrel and (3) Ravens.

Butterflies included: (2) Peacock and (5) Small Tortoiseshell.

Napton Reservoir circular walk from the Marina