Monday, 20 April 2015

Trip to Paxton pits

The 2nd saturday of the month had a nice trip down to Paxton Pits with my local RSPB group the day started off quite damp so we started off in the hide where we had superb views of a Treecreeper and a Marsh Tit along with a few Reed Buntings and a few remaining winterfowl on the water mainly Teal.

After a while the sun came and so did the sing birding so headed down to the usual Nightingale spot where the first bird was a super Goldcrest flirting around in the tree before the sound of a few Blackcaps and Chiff-chaffs singing away before we came across 2  Nightingale singing away but despite waiting never showed themselves. Then walked further round where we heard more warblers inging with Willow warbler joining the singing birds.



After lunch had a pleasant walk around the south lake where the highlight was a singing Cetti's Warbler which we actually saw which was first for many of the group. At the end of the walk we saw of group of Swallows with a odd House Martin showing spring was well on the way.

After the walk a few of us decided to head to Pegsdon Hills on the way home so had a nice walk to the top with singing Skylark and Meadow Pipits around and a few hunting Red Kites and Buzzard. From the top a male Ring Ouzel was seen feeding along the field edge a good end to the day.

Male Ring Ouzel



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