Friday, May 26, 2006

26th May 2006

SN Reservoirs: (MJP) 1430-1745hrs.

overcast, then extended sunny periods. humid. mod/blustery SW dropping a little later.

Common Tern - 7
House Martin - 30
Common Swift - 60
Sand Martin - 1
Pochard - 3 pairs
Gadwall - 3 pairs (1pr mating)
Ruddy Duck - 3+ pairs
Tufted Duck - 10
Herring Gull - 11
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 12
Lesser Whitethroat - 1

(male Gadwall, 26th May)

three hours or so in increasingly good conditions (although remaining windy); no raptors again, despite extended sky-watching sessions. Male Lesser Whitethroat still on territory at the SW of ER.

Again, good numbers of Swifts feeding over the water; how many of these are now local breeders is hard to judge, although the (late) presence of so many House Martins suggests movements are still well underway.

(Ruddy Ducks, 26th May)