Thursday, May 18, 2006

12th May 2006 - Golden Oriole

SN Reservoirs:(MJP,TB,LP,GJ)

Golden Oriole

The bird of the year thus far and and a hugely welcome surprise came this morning with the discovery of a Golden Oriole feeding in oaks along the eastern fringe of the East reservoir. Although nervous and hard to pin down, many brief views were possible from around 9.15am onwards on a warm, sunny day.

The bird was thought to have been a well-marked female or young male on plumage characterisitics, showing extensive bright yellow on the underparts.

Also today:

Lesser Whitehroat - 1 male
Common Swift - 45
Blackcap - 5
Common Whitethroat - 4
Reed Warbler - 10+
Sedge Warbler - 3