30 Apr 16

Priorslee Lake

Early Morning Sightings: 06:30
1 Cetti's Warbler
1 Garden Warbler
1 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Sedge Warbler
2 Common Sandpiper

(John Isherwood)

Morning Report: 07:15 – 10:20

Sunrise: 05:38 BST

1°C > 8°C Clear and frosty start under thin broken high cloud. Clouds built after 09:00 with big showers in distance. Moderate W wind. Very good visibility

An extended visit to fail to find either the Pied Flycatcher found by Martin Grant yesterday; or the possible Wood Warbler that I had described to me by a birder unsure of its ID

(66th visit of the year)

Other notes
- the Little Grebe only heard calling, but in the same area as I saw it two days ago
- not sure where all the Moorhens have gone: they are much more secretive when nesting and nests can be some way away from the water
- the Feral Pigeons were almost certainly Racing Pigeons on a mission this morning, flying N in groups, which is typical on Summer Saturdays after c.09:30
- 3 Swifts flew straight through at some height. Most of the hirundines flew through early on, but after c.09:00 up to 30 Sand Martins and 4 Barn Swallows stayed to feed over the water
- intermittent song from one Lesser Whitethroat near to the yacht club HQ. When I was buried in the copse in the NW area searching for the Pied Flycatcher another was sub-singing so quietly I could hardly hear it from c.10 feet! Later both were doing the same so certainly two birds
- 2 Sedge Warblers in the NW reeds and another in the main N side reeds. Managed a brief view of two of them
- my first Peacock butterfly of the year

Counts of birds flying over the lake (in addition to those on / around lake)
- 1 Greylag Goose
- 2 Cormorants
- 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 2 Herring Gulls
- 41 Feral / Racing Pigeons (5 groups)
- 5 Wood Pigeons
- 2 Jackdaws
- 5 Rooks yet again
- 1 Starling again
- 3 Greenfinches

Hirundine etc. totals
- 3 Common Swifts
- >40 Sand Martins
- >10 Barn Swallows
- 2 House Martin

Warblers seen / heard around the lake: numbers in brackets are singing birds
- 1 (1) Cetti’s Warbler
- 7 (6) Chiffchaffs
- 9 (7) Willow Warbler
- 15 (9) Blackcaps
- 2 (2) Lesser Whitethroats
- 2 (2) Common Whitethroats
- 3 (3) Sedge Warblers
- 4 (4) Reed Warblers

The counts from the lake area
- 2 Mute Swans
- 5 (4♂) Mallard
- 28 (17♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 Grey Heron
- 1 Little Grebe heard only
- 8 Great Crested Grebes yet again
- 4 Moorhens
- 34 Coots
- 3 Common Sandpipers

Partly obscured but a worthwhile singing Robin.

Not one of my best .... but you can make out the salient points of this typically elusive Lesser Whitethroat: the darker face providing more contrast with the white throat than on (Common Whitethroat); the pale grey-brown back; and the dark alula against grey (rather than brown) wings.

Typical male summer-plumage Pied Wagtail as seen in the UK. Continental birds (White Wagtail) are typically greyer.

A Common Sandpiper with an attractive patterned water as back-drop.

Allowed me quite close and we can see the delicate pattern on the feather-tips.

On this different individual we see the tail-pattern.

But this bird lacks the feather-tip pattern. Juveniles typically look more patterned so I guess the first bird is a first-summer with retained feathers.

One of the local Buzzards (a slight edit to improve the detail against the light).

The male Willow Tit was calling again this morning: here he is – though visually we cannot separate males and females.

My first Peacock butterfly of the year.

Meadow Buttercup, complete with fly sp.

Dandelion sp. complete with bumble bee sp., probably a female Bombus lapidarius – the male has a yellow collar.

She then moved off and started rooting about in the leaf-litter. She may well be a queen looking to start a nest in the base of grasses in this sunny spot.

(Ed Wilson)


Nedge Hill: 07:30

1 Ring Ouzel - a male in 'scruffy' paddocks at south end of Naird Lane
1 Redstart - in lower horsefields
6 Wheatear - horsefields, Naird Lane and Shaw Farm

(John Isherwood)


Devil's Dingle: 09:30

1 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Redstart
1 Swift
1 Little Ringed Plover
1 Oystercatcher

Some form of civil works have commenced here, unclear as to what but unlikely to be good.

(John Isherwood)



Male Iberian Chiffchaff still singing c.100m west of the kissing gate south of Granville Road at c.SJ716123 this afternoon; from Donnington Asda roundabout take Granville Road for c.800m. Via BirdGuides Here.

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Priorslee Lake
Today's Sightings Here

Priorslee Lake

1 Common Sandpiper
2 Raven
2 Reed Warbler
(John Isherwood)

Nedge Hill
1 Whinchat
1 Yellow Wagtail
1 White Wagtail
2 Common Redstart
40 Wheatear
(John Isherwood)

Long Lane, Wellington
3 Whimbrel
(JW Reeves)

Priorslee Lake

1 Lesser Whitethroat
1 Reed Warbler
(John Isherwood)

Nedge Hill
1 Common Redstart
15 Wheatear
1 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Raven
(John Isherwood)

The Wrekin
2 Pied Flycatchers
Common Redstart
(Observer Unknown)

Priorslee Lake

2 Red-legged Partridge
Lesser Whitethroat
5 Lapwings
6 Reed Warblers
3 Whitethroats
8 Blackcaps
5 Chiffchaffs
4 Linnet
(Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake

17 Mute Swans
(Martin Adlam)

Priorslee Lake

1 Swift
c.20 Sand Martins
1 Swallow
6 House Sparrows
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Stock Dove
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Sedge Warbler
4 Reed Warblers
126 Jackdaw
(Ed Wilson)

Nedge Hill
2 Buzzards
Ring Ouzel
2 Common Whitethroat
1 Chiffchaff
2 Linnets
(Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Flash
3 Great Crested Grebes
Reed Bunting
(Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake

5 Great Crested Grebes
2 Greylag Geese
6 Tufted Ducks
2 Common Sandpiper
1 Cuckoo
1 Sky Lark
c.10 Sand Martins
c.8 Swallows
c.20 House Martins
1 Meadow Pipit
2 Grey Wagtails
32 Wren
26 Blackbirds
2 Sedge Warblers
3 Reed Warblers
2 Lesser Whitethroats
2 Garden Warbler
10 Blackcaps
6 Chiffchaffs
1 Willow Warbler
1 Jay
11 Chaffinches
8 Greenfinches
3 Reed Buntings
(Ed Wilson)