Sunday 29 April 2018

A feeling of Spring

Today I managed to get around most of the patch but late in the day and it was the first time this year that it truly felt as if there had been a decent arrival of migrants, for the Otter area anyway! Highlight bird of the day was a Common Whitethroat in the garden taking the house list to 72 - The last being Common Redstart in 2015 - See HERE 

Anyway, back to today where I covered the West cliffs and the East side Top fields. The predominant arrival certainly seemed to be Willow Warbler with 30+ birds. 
Other notable species were:
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 east side
Lesser Whitethroat - 3-4 east and west side
Common Whitethroat - 6 east and west side
Garden Warbler - 2 west cliffs
Wheatear - 1
Whimbrel - 5 east fields
Yellowhammer - singing male west cliffs

One of 2 Spotted flycatchers  - My first of the year

MEGA - Common Whitethroat in the garden!

Whimbrel over the east top fields

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