|Female Reed Bunting with a healthy breakfast for the young!|
Saturday, June 08, 2013
One or possibly 2 Jays today, 2 sightings but may have been the same bird, was really nice for a change. Otherwise pretty steady stuff this morning. Common Terns are taking fish back to the main lake island now so we may have hatched out young, or could be the males feeding the females sitting on the eggs. Black-headed Gulls are still hanging around the island but difficult to tell if they are nesting or not yet. It looks like the Sand Martins have flattered to deceive again and are not using the island nest block after all. There were a handful over the main lake this morning but no sign of any visiting the nest block. At least 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on the main lake as well.
Plenty of activity in and the Crescent Reed bed with Reed Warblers singing and one bringing in food. Some good reed growth this week so the south east corner of the reed bed is now looking quite green, still plenty of room for improvement though. Also a pair of Reed Buntings bringing in food which seemed to consist of a lot of Banded Demoiselles!
The Cuckoo was around early on, doing a big circuit of the park. And those were the highlights of a disappointingly overcast and cool morning. For those late risers, believe it or not, it was clear when I got up, not a cloud to be seen. Half an hour later, having lured me out of the house with the promise of some nice light for photography, the cloud had piled in. Hopefully better tomorrow, but it doesn't look too promising.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
It was a lovely weekend, if a little cool on Saturday. There was slightly more cloud cover on Saturday morning which meant there were a few more hirundines about. I didn't spot any Sand Martin activity around the artificial nest holes on the island but I'll keep an eye on that.
We're not getting much new stuff in now and things are settling down. DK informs me that breeding Blackcap numbers are about normal now after a slow start, they must have sneaked in while we weren't looking!
The most exciting area of the park is the main lake island this year. It's extra short haircut has attracted a few different species this year with several pairs of Common Terns nesting and up to four pairs of Black-headed Gulls looking interested. A pair of Oystercatchers are also paying regular visits and a lot of Tufted Ducks are hanging around but it's difficult to see if any are nesting. We'll just have to wait for the trains of Tufted ducklings to follow their parents off the island.
The ringers were in again on Sunday morning and the first juvenile bird of the year, a young Robin, was caught along with a new Chiffchaff.
I got another shot as it passed over us:
|Female Reed Bunting|
|Male Reed Bunting|
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See you next month.