Today I conducted a survey of spring migrants that are passing through or staying to breed on the local patch.
I first started at Caldene fields where there is a nice male Wheatear (passage) which arrived yesterday and is feeding up in readiness to complete it’s journey. Also there was a male Blackcap in full song and a Common Buzzard circling the fields.
At Raw Nook NR there was a welcome sound a singing Willow Warbler I say welcome but the species was very uncommon at the site last year. Blackcaps were evident with 5 seen including 2 females and at least 3 Chiffchaffs were noted.
TH beck held at least 5 chiffchaffs and 6 Blackcaps including 2 females. So all in all a reasonable sprinkle of migrants for this time of year. Also at the site was a male Orange Tip butterfly.