☀️⛅️21C ~ Wind ↗NE@4mph Wednesday 8th April 2020
~ Apart from an Oystercatcher
just before midnight and just three Redwings
passing over during a six-hour session, last nights Nocmig recording was very disappointing. Recording nocturnal bird migration is still a learning curve for me and it would seem that clear skies and a full moon are not the best conditions for us nocmiggers!
There was no sign of yesterdays Common Sandpiper
when I arrived at Napton Reservoir and just a single Snipe
recorded today. Chiffchaffs
were plentiful and Blackcaps
too, along with three Willow Warblers
but incredibly no hirundines for the 4th day running and I'm still yet to register my first Swallow
of the year. At one stage I did hear a Water Rail
calling from the reedbed but never connected. At the beginning of the week, I was getting a little excited that the water levels were dropping sufficiently to expose a few mud patches around the reedbed but sadly today noticed that the canal sluices were in full swing and the water levels were rising again rapidly
|Marsh Harrier moving south over the reservoir towards Napton Hill|
I must admit I'd got a little complacent today watching the many Buzzards
enjoying the glorious weather, so when a Marsh Harrier
suddenly appeared heading south at height I was a little taken aback! So much so that I was enjoying the bird so much I'd forgotten I had my camera. However, I did snap into action eventually and managed a few record shots as the bird departed heading over towards Napton Hill.
|Marsh Harrier heads south|
I'd originally reported the bird to friends as a cream head female, a natural assumption I suppose but I've since been made aware that this bird is possibly a 2nd calendar year male! In these situations, I'm happy to yield to the more experienced and I'm thankful for the input, either way it's just a great bird to have over the patch.
|More Orange Tips beginning to appear now|
A number of butterflies on the wing early today and these included: (3) Brimstone
, (4) Peacock
, (5) Small Tortoiseshell
and (2) Orange Tip