Best day of the year so far

In terms of the total number of species seen in a single day , today has been the best of the year so far. Thirty four different birds, about ten short of our best ever single day total but still a decent number.

We also recorded four species for the first time since they returned after the winter away , House and Sand martin , our breeding Sedge warblers are back and we heard the first Cuckoo.

Also notable was recording seven species of the finch family in a day , Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Siskin, Linnet and Redpoll.

Our female Canada goose is sitting tight on a nest of eggs with her mate patrolling the pond and surrounding area. There is a pair of Little Grebe, seemingly breeding again as well as at least a couple of pairs of Moorhen.

Whilst it is nice to be able to see Otters, we are hoping not to get a visit to the pond as we did at this time last year which resulted in the decimation of all the water birds nests !!!

Of course the lovely sunny weather has helped, please may it continue a while yet !!

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Infrequent summer visitor

We see Redstarts several times during the course of most years, usually spring and autumn.

We had what looked like a juvenile male in the garden this morning, nice birds to have about though and I have made a mental note to myself to make time during the winter to get more next boxes, of all shapes and sizes made, and put up before next years breeding season. No reason why we should not get Redstarts nesting on the farm, particularly now that our trees planting schemes are starting to mature.

Not my photo above.

not really a lot about

We had a reasonable day bird wise yesterday , 24 different species but it is generally pretty quiet out there !  no summer visitors at all yet ! we usually have had Sand martin and Willow warbler at least by now , in 2010 we had our first Swallow on the 10th April.  Continuing the trend of recent years with only the odd Curlew passing over and very few Lapwing about. No Common snipe calling yet though they are about.  Another odd absence is Kestrel , we usually see them most days and by now there is often a breeding pair in the vicinity but at the moment none !