The Whitlingham Bird Report for 2016 is now available to download here.

The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here,
2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available http://www.honeyguide.co.uk/documents/ThorpeMarshesWildlifeReport2016.pdf

WHITLINGHAM: Week 15 - A few Sand Martins at last

8th April 2011

A bright and warm evening at Whitlingham had the feeling of mid-summer about it, not least because we are still waiting for a mass arrival of migrants. Four singing Blackcaps, including one confiding male along the south shore of the little broad, have joined the Chiffchaffs, and a lone Willow Warbler was in the conservation area. One of the Egyptian Goose chicks from last week appears to have died, not helped by the fact that one parent appears to be absent. The rest of the country park was bird-light, although I may upload a picture of a Treecreeper that flew onto a tree right beside me later. I was cursing the lack of hirundines, but managed to locate 13 Sand Martins (and a Sparrowhawk) over the meadows opposite the country park. Initially the martins were too high to see with the naked eye, and it was pure luck that I found them whilst scanning the soaring Jackdaws. Evenutally they came a bit lower, but still showed no inclination to go towards the water.

3 comments:

  1. I'm glad you posted again so that I can look at that beautiful barn in your banner. And I think I'll go have a beer. By the way, I've complained this spring that all the warblers are flying higher than usual. So hard to see.
    nellie

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  2. Sorry, but I put that comment about you posting again because for some reason your posts haven't been showing up on my dashboard. Now I see that you have been posting pretty regularly. I'll make a point to look for you now.
    nellie

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  3. Many thanks for your comments. I'm glad you like the banner, although I am looking at replacing it with a more summery scene in the near future, which may or may not feature the barn.

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