Tuesday, 16 April 2013

It's getting better

Having checked out the weekends weather forecast, Sunday appeared to be the best nest recording day so Saturday was WeBS counting. With the winds having swung round to the South a good fall of migrants had appeared. Stithians produced 30+ Swallow feeding, singing Willow Warbler and Chiff Chaff. A lone Teal was hanging on. Over to Pendarves Lake and more Swallow were feeding over the water with my first Sand Martin for that location.

Having left the mists of Saturday behind a quick nesting session at Stithians in the morning on Sunday brought little. A Dunnock flew out from behind a gorse bush acting suspiciously on some bramble. With a quick glimpse of something else moving i realised he was watching the female feeding off the nest. Unfortunately when i was on the right side of the gorse ready to search i decided against it - 4ft bramble isn't my idea of fun.

After lunch it was over to Hells Mouth where the wind was so strong the telescope made Cormorant viewing very difficult, too difficult to be honest. A check of a freshly built Raven nest in a lovely sheltered spot gave a 45 minute wait only to find that he/she was incubating sheep's wool! At least i know there should be eggs there this weekend.

Cycling past Stithians this morning on my way to work gave the first singing Sedge Warbler there so it is getting better. First nest box round this Friday after work.

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