Wednesday, 18 May 2011

More summer visitors returning

Yesterday i heard my first Pied Flycatcher close to the house and today had my first Swift screaming over the house which means that the full suite of summer migrants has now returned to the neighbourhood.
At Maridalen today a Little Ringed Plover and Ringed Plover on the mud with the LRP engaging in some display. The Ringed Plover was my first record here and brings my count of wader species to 18 with Dunlin still missing from the list. 5 Wood Sandpipers still present alongside Common and Green Sandpiper. My first Garden Warblers for Maridalen this year were also singing and a Wood Warbelr was singing from a new site and the male Goshawk caused pandimonium as he flew through.
There are only a few summer visitors that have yet to return to Maridalen: Icterine Warbler and Common Rosefinch which should be here in the coming week, Marsh Warbler and Red Backed Shrike in the beginning of June which is also when Corncrake will turn up if we are lucky enough to have them this year.

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