Sunday, 18 April 2010

Weekend Update

With the winds from the north, it is very quiet, with little migration. Living under the eastern approach to Luton Airport, it is very quiet for different reasons. With all jets grounded, I have only seen a few light aircraft all weekend. Seeing a lovely blue sky without a hint of contrails is something of a novelty.
Yesterday morning, I joined Bill, Jim and William at Amwell. Very little was happening. I missed a few Swallows and Sand Martins that had gone through first thing, and apart from single Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, that was it. We are overdue on things like Sandpipers, Common Terns and Cuckoo.
After a while we walked up to Tumbling Bay in the hope that a Ruddy Duck seen yesterday might still be around. It wasn't, though scope filling views of a singing Willow Warbler was nice. We then went down to the cottage by the Dragonfly Trail where I saw my first Orange Tips and Brimstones. A single Green Veined White was also seen.
Back at the view point, the only novelty was a pair of Egyptian Geese.
This morning I went for a walk along the river Beane at Aston End.

In the old plantation in Chells, I saw several Speckled Wood and heard several Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Down by the river, a strange noise turned into a tree full of Jays-eight were flying around. They flew off in twos and threes, but I encountered all of them again further up river.

The Blackthorn is in full bloom , and my first Small Tortoiseshell was taking advantage. The walk produced around seven Peacock and three Commas.

A lichen encrusted Elder was a distraction though getting sharp images with the 100mm Zeiss hand held was a bit difficult.

The usual Little Owl was sunning itself in the horse paddocks, and a single male Kestrel flew by. Further up towards Chells Manor, seven Buzzards were circling in the rather warm air.
Finally while cutting back through the plantation, a single Brimstone was flying with the Speckled Woods.

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