Received an email from James Bass who visited Raw Nook Nr on 15/4 and was struck by the numbers of singing warblers. His counts were 3 Willow Warblers + 8 Chiffchaff + 6 Blackcaps all good counts. My first thoughts were the reserve given it’s size would struggle to accommodate all those territories.
So on the 17/4 I did some counts to see if some of these birds were passage birds. My counts were 4 Willow Warblers + 4 Chiffchaff ( possibly some females may have been nest building) + 4 Blackcaps 3 M+1pair suggesting most of the birds have stayed. I still have the same views and believe within the next week or so some of these birds will have moved on both to find a new territory and a mate.
One Swallow circled Caldene Fields before drifting S/W and 3 House Martins were back over there nest site at Raw Nook Nr
Following on from my sighting of a C Buzzard drifting N/E on the 10/4 Stuart Tordoff emailed to say he had seen three Common Buzzards circling over Woodlands/M606 slowly drifting off eastwards.