Patch Outing

Started the day at 7am at Ingbirchworth Reservoir to the voice af a calling Whitethroat and watching a good size flock of Swift dashing to and fro over the dam wall with Swallows in and amongst careful scrutiny revealed a couple of Sand Martin and my first House Martin (148) of the year then the familiar “rattle” call of a Lesser Whitethroat in the dam wall hedge and then three Common Sandpiper feeding and calling on the dam wall itself, great start on then to Langsett.

Pulling up at the Langsett car park in pouring rain meant I had a 30 minute wait before it stopped but then it did stay clear for the rest of the day so I couldn’t complain. Birds were good at Langsett at the start of the walk a flock of Lesser Redpoll went overhead giving off their familiar flight call, amongst the trees Siskin, further in a Blackcap gave a quick burst giving itself away. Along the track Robins, Chaffinch and Blue Tits then I heard Redstart (149) calling it took some finding but ten minutes of being patient paid off a nice male with that tail flicking as well, beautiful one of my favourite birds well he moved on and so did I to find Meadow Pipt, Cuckoo (150), Red Grouse, Buzzard, Willow Warblers and Grey Wagtail. I had gone as far as I could so I made my way back finding a single Male Crossbill (151) , Dipper and a Garden Warbler (152) another couple of first’s for the year but I failed on Tree Pipt I’ll save that for next time because coffee and a bacon buttie beckoned. On the way home I called in again at Cheesegate Nab but only found Wheatear three in all so I now think the Ring Ouzel have moved on, thats it for this week next report might having something a little different  Todays Full Bird List

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