Spring is officially here now, with the arrival of the first Sand Martins at Caldecotte.
I counted 5 altogether, on the south lake, this morning. A great sight, to see them hunting over the lake, after their long journey here, from Africa. Ain’t birds brilliant!
The usual suspects were at the footbridge; even before I started to put some seed down, and then I was off to see the Sand Martins, over the south lake. I could have watched them for hours, as they refuelled on the insects over the lake, after their long flight here.
Swifts, House Martins and Swallows next!
A Buzzard dared to fly over the lake, but was soon escorted away by a lone Crow; and at the far end of the south lake, a couple of Little Grebe, in their usual place. A pair of Shoveler were a surprise find, as I made my way back towards the car park, and it was good to see the Common Gull still hanging in there, at the Cormorant island.
Around the north lake, and at the top end, three female Goosander were making themselves look even greater, on the old boat used by the Cormorants.
Two of them.
A lone Wigeon, a pair of Pochard, and a few Tufted Duck, is all that remains of the winter ducks now. I guess their absence makes way for the spring migrants.
Back at the footbridge, a Chiffchaff was calling, but being difficult to photograph; but a Treecreeper was a little more obliging.
An excellent morning again.
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38