Saturday 29 April 2017

Canons Farm and Beddington Farmlands, 29th April 2017

I was joined by 20 other keen souls this morning for the CFBW Bird Group's Spring Migration Tour, which took us on a relaxed donder around Canons Farm looking for local birds and any spring migrants. It was a real success with crowd-pleasers including three Wheatears and a trickle of Swallows along with local representives in the form of a pair of Red-legged Partridges, two Little Owls and three Yellowhammers. Patch notables included Grey Heron and three Lesser Black-backed Gulls overhead.

I spent a couple of hours around the lakes at Beddington this afternoon where nothing was going on in terms of movement but it was nice to just relax and watch and listen to everything going about its business. A Little Ringed Plover was poking around on one of the islands and Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler and Reed Warbler were among the species in song. A Grey Wagtail was my first on site since 7th March.