The rather cold northerly airflow over the last week or so has been doing a good job at keeping migrants and rarities away, but a small number has been trickling through.
Went to Amwell yesterday morning, expecting to see things like Common Tern, Little Ring Plovers, Common Sandpipers, maybe a Little gull and perhaps a Cuckoo, so I brought the camera along. Unfortunately it was business as usual.
A few summer migrants had been through over the week, but none lingered. I thought I'd heard a brief snatch of Sedge Warbler song near the railway line when I arrived but no-one else had noticed it. Luckily one started up in the reed-bed around mid day. The only other year tick was Swallow-several flew through over the course of the morning. The usual small flock of sand martin was also present. Up to four Redshank, six Little Egret were noteworthy, and it looks like the Oystercatchers are on the nest again.
Up to three red kites were the only raptors seen until one Buzzard eventually put in an appearance. Managed to get one of the Kites on camera, and the Cormorant was fishing under the bridge.
Today I spent the morning walking around Aston End and the Beane Valley. The cold wind was rather unpleasant and as a result the birds were not doing much. Most of the small wooded areas have Chiffchaffs singing, and I heard a few Blackcaps and one Willow Warbler. One Meadow Pipit flying north was the nearest thing to spring migration.
One Small Tortoiseshell braved the cold.