Monday, 24 May 2010

LOCAL PATCH (south)

16/05/10
did the southern area of the patch today from lickhill, i was amazed to see that the gadwall had been reoppened to the public and was now a nature reserve(of that sort of type, but not propper nature reserve), as expected the gadwall had left, but it had been repalced by a pair of REED BUNTING, the male showing well at the edge of the reeds, 5 reed warbler were singing in the surrounding reeds with 3 sedges seen( but none heard singing).

i continued my journey and at lincomb lock the common terns were still there but there was also another pair, which were quickly ousted out by the other pair of terns. 2 LBBG still loafting around on the boyds.


and as a general question to anybody around the country, has anybody also noticed the distinct lack of raptors about, expesially buzzard, which on the motorway to earlswood i usually see about 10 in summer but last saturday only one was seen the entire journey, any news from anywhere else??????????
MB

4 comments:

Rob said...

Hi MB, now you come to mention it i must admit i have nt seen that many Buzzards of late , i drive a lorry around most of England and normally see loads :(

midlands birder said...

rob- so this could be a country-wide thing, i love raptors(and now you come to mention it most birds, just not mallards, they so piss me off(-:)
i hope there isnt less red kites, im hopeing to see many on my way to wales this weekend

Rob said...

lol , like your comment about mallards , as for Red kites they seem to be turning up everywhere at the moment , so good luck in wales hope you have a good time :)

midlands birder said...

Thks for the good luck rob......

now excuse me, i have a date with red kites in a few hours!!!!!!
(well if it stops bloody raining.......
MB