short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Just the one patch visit-im slacking!

With becoming a Dad my time is being taking up (im not complaining though as its the best time ever)so im finding less time to get out to the patch.So with only the one patch visit from last weekend to report (i know its a bit slack) but it was a rather rewarding one in the sunshine.I decided to do a count on how many territories were being held by potentially breeding birds here (i.e-Cettis, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Sedge and Reed Warbler,etc). I had a good idea roughly where they were from the last 5 visits so i slowly made my way round.
 Cettis- 3+.
 Common Whitethroat-5/6.
 Reed Warbler- 3.
 Sedge Warbler- 5+.
 Reed Bunting- 4/5+.
 Willow Warbler-1/2?.
 On the Water there is at least 1 pair of Tufted Ducks, a pair of Gadwall ,a pair of Great Crested Grebes and a pair of Mute Swans .
While walking round i had 2x Common Sandpipers on the spit and a single Common Tern along the River Yare. A new patch tick with a pair of Garden Warblers in full song too-Lovely Jubly!
Common Sandpiper

A pretty naff record shot of a Garden Warbler
A few fledglings were seen too -my favourites being the Moorhen and Reed Bunting chicks of which i got a few pictures of:
Moorhen chick

Reed Bunting
 So plenty happening , just need to find some spare time to get back there......
 Happy birding,

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