Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Migrants and Tree Sparrows

On sunday had a nice walk around Hatfield Aerodrome first stop was the mound sadly no sign of any Wheatears but a few Linnets and Skylarks were singing and with the frost of the night before felt more like early march. Once the sun came out the birds were singing with a few Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiff-Chaffs in song and Meadow Pipits seemed to be passing through in decent numbers. Headed to the back of the wood where I had a few Buzzard soaring a nice Stock Dove flew through and heard a Grasshopper Warbler reeling but for the life of me could't pin the bird down.

Skylark in the frosty field


Stock Dove in flight
Walked round back to the mound where I saw a few Reed Bunting and a Tree Pipit was heard and had a nice few of a flock of Goldfinch feeding on the thistles.

Feeding Goldfinch



Then headed to Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits sadly the main pits were really flooded so no waders has I did't have time to walk around the fishing lake but had a single Sand Martin over the pits and a Little Owl by Willow Farm. The second Tree Sparrow area seem to have more birds and nests this year only saw a pair last year this year at least 6 birds and a minimum of 2 nests where I saw some mating and bird collecting nesting material.

Watching Tree Sparrow
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Tree Sparrows mating
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Collecting material for the nest

Tree Sparrow in the nest

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