Tuesday 12 April 2011
A nice sunny morning for my walk but much colder. Highlight was as I was leaving at the East Bridge at WM East when I heard a lesser whitethroat singing (my first this year). Found it in the brambles at the east lip of the channel just south of the bridge. It’s equal to my earliest ever record here, which was 2007 I think. No willow warblers singing but one sedge warbler at Clendish Marsh near the Allotments and several whitethroats singing, think ten in total, and maybe 31 singing blackcaps. Two pairs of gadwall on the Lee Navigation near the Chalk Bridge, so perhaps they’ll breed again this year. All the ‘winter’ visitors (teal, little grebe etc) seem to have moved off but saw a brood of five mallard young with Mum north of East Bridge. The ‘white’ starling is still hiding from me, perhaps it’ll turn out for our survey.