First Willow Warbler of the year in Writtle this morning plus one or two other goodies...
The Great crested Grebe was at Ardleigh Reservoir and the Redshank from Alresford Creek.
Have a great weekend!
Was on Mersea Island yesterday with Alec Selley doing a wildfowl count. Initially bright weather gave us a pleasant start and we found an adder on the sea wall sunbathing....
But the find of the day was a pair of Common Cranes which flew anti-clockwise round the island and eventually gave views to others alerted in the area before disappearing around Tollesbury Wick. A very grainy, hazy record shot from half a mile is attached.
There were plenty of Swallows and 5 Wheatear at Cudmore Grove, so a proper spring day with some decent passage going on!
Just the day before, I found what I now know was a Siberian Chiffchaff in Writtle. Attached (for the really nerdy bird scientists) is a grainy record shot of the chunky, grey version of our Chiffchaff, plus a sound recording of the song - very different to our normal olive-coloured chappies!
STOP PRESS - Can't upload the song :-(
The point I would make though is how interesting it is that quite a few eastern species have reached our shores this spring already. To me this is a clear indication of what happens when you get weeks of easterly winds! I am guessing that they all filtered into the north-western tip of France and then hopped across the Channel as soon as there was a southerly blow...
Watch this space!
It's pretty damned exciting I'd say!
It has not been organised this time, sorry.
The WWW team have all been pretty busy (busier even than last year) with day to day matters and it would have been a stretch to get this organised. I was a few quid out of pocket last time but didn't mind because it supported "my" charity and because I could afford it ;-)
This year things are slightly different on all fronts but hopefully we can enhance future events with more time and resource available.
Hey Puffin, was only teasing ;-)
In Writtle again this weekend. These two chaps came and visited the feeders while I was supping tea on the patio. I know, I know... I should get a life.
Oh yeah, they are (male) Lesser Redpoll and Goldfinch. The former will have migrated north very soon and the latter should be next building around about now.
To hell with work, it's Friday afternoon! Pictures from Ardleigh Reservoir:
Great Crested Grebe and male Yellow Wagtail.
Chelmsford again. Well, Writtle actually...
Red Kite just before the deluge. A bit distant and grainy but one day I will have one fly right over Wivenhoe in bright sunshine...!