Monday, 24 April 2017

Canons Farm/Banstead Woods and Beddington Farmlands, 24th April 2017

A long day in the field started with more mapping of breeding bird territories in Banstead Woods, with the rest of the morning spent at the farm. This was rewarded with two valuable patch year ticks as two Sand Martins pushed through and a couple of Greylags flew over. A Wheatear, a Meadow Pipit and a couple of Canada Geese were also noteworthy.

After lunch, I joined Kevin G and Roger B by the main lake at Beddington. It was rather chilly but the threat of rain and the potential avian delights it might bring kept us optimistic. Among a steady trickle of Swallows were a few Sand Martins and my first three House Martins of the year, though these were trumped by two Swifts. A couple of Peregrines cruised overhead, as did a Buzzard. My first Sedge Warbler of the spring was singng, as were my first local Lesser Whitethroat and Reed Warblers of the year. Three Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper busied around the islands and among the surprisingly strong number of gulls present were 2cy individuals of both Glaucous and Caspian Gull.

2cy Glaucous Gull (right) at Beddington, quite a small bird
2cy Caspian Gull at Beddington