Monday, 3 May 2021

Searching for Migrants in the Dead Wood.

 It was warmer this morning with a wind from the west for a change.  Overcast though with a forecast for rain later.  I wanted to visit the Dead Wood to see if there were any blackcaps or garden warblers there.  Once on the Horsefield the wind had a chill in it.  The site is exposed to weather from most directions and is very open and I think that it is the recent cold that is delaying things.  For whatever reason it was very quiet again with very few birds about and no butterflies and just one bumble bee,  Some hawthorn flowers were just starting to open, however, and cowparsley was beginning to flower.

It was more sheltered in the Dead Wood and there was more bird activity.  I came across a blackcap singing and managed a sighting for confirmation.  A chiffchaff called its onomatopoeic song and a buzzard cruise by at tree top height.  As I left the woods it began to spit with rain and the walk home was very bleak and definitely raining by the time I arrived.

  • Robin
  • Blackbird
  • Magpie
  • Great Tit
  • Blue Tit
  • Buzzard
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Blackcap
  • Pheasant 
  • Crow
  • Chaffinch
  • Chiffchaff
  • Hawthorn
  • Skylark
  • Meadow Pipit
  • Linnet

  • Cow Parsley
  • Jack by the Hedge (Hedge Garlic)
  • Red Campion
  • White Dead Nettle
  • Dandelion
  • Shepherds Purse
  • Groundsel
  • Spurge


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