Another Spotted Flycatcher, some 200-300mtrs from previously reported pair with occupied nest. Also 1 Wood Warbler singing, Crossbills heard and 3 singing Tree Pipits.
Spotted Flycatcher, pair with nest
DIPPER nest building
CHIFFCHAFF singing, KINGFISHER seen twice and probable 2 heard loudly calling. DIPPER singing and another heard.
1 Red Kite
2 Red Kites. Also Kestrel – the latest of several sightings locally in the last 3 or 4 weeks, following probably 3 or 4 years of no sightings by us, summer or winter in this 10km square ST08.
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dippers nest building, 4 Goosander
Approx 1700 today, mewing of gulls overhead finally roused us from inside the garage to see what the commotion was – Osprey soaring overhead, drifting south.
Of course it only takes a simple comment (last week) about the “norm” of no Kestrels or Cuckoos to guarantee both turning up today – bizarrely, there were 3 cuckoos singing late morning – it was like turning the clock back to the 1970`s ! A total of 49 species included Wheatear (agitated pair), at least 5 Redstart territories (including fledged young and a pair with food for young), 2 singing Tree Pipits, Stock Dove, Stonechat, Reed Bunting,Siskin and Redpoll. 3 Pied Wagtail sites and 2 each of Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were welcome and a Goldcrest singing from a patch of gorse (as well as 1 singing in our garden yesterday) suggest what we have previously suspected is a bumper year for the species.
Newly fledged REDSTART fluttered across lane in front of me, while I was out riding my mountain bike.
2 local walks in ST08 this week, totalling approx. 7hours, produced 53 species – included confirmed breeding Dipper with young in nest, female Sparrowhawk just failing to take a non-ID pigeon right in front of us, male Wheatear at previously known breeding area, 5 singing Tree Pipits, Redstart, Stonechat pair, 4 singing Wood Warblers. No Kestrel or Cuckoo, as has become the “norm”.