Canons Farm/Banstead Woods and Beddington Farmlands, 27th April 2017
Still feeling like winter but everything generally carrying on as though it were a normal spring day, a stroll around Banstead Woods in the morning was rewarded with a couple of brief glimpses of my and the patch's first Hobby of the year, as well as an overflying Red Kite (2cy) and a singing Willow Warbler (scarce this year!). Moving on to the farm, there was little on offer today but a Little Owl called, four Mallards flew over and three Swallows flew through.
2cy Red Kite
After lunch, I headed to Beddington, where it was cool and showery. There was nothing new, but the Sedge Warbler was still singing away on one of the main islands and a Common Sandpiper was seen, along with a pair of Little Ringed Plovers. As I left the gate, the number of Swallows hawking over the lakes had built to around 30 and an Egyptian Goose flew over. The highlight of the visit, though, was watching a Jackdaw try really hard to chase down a Swallow for the best part of 10 seconds!