Monday, 3 May 2010

Monday 3rd May 2010

It was the usual Kemspton-Biddenham Loop-Great Denham walk this morning and despite a slightly damp start and end the middle section proved to be quite sunny although the temperature was much reduced on recent days in the stiff breeze.

A Garden Warbler was singing near the steps as I walked down to the river. Sedge Warbler and Blackcap were also heard before I met up with JA. No sign of the Sparrowhawks at the ILEX building this week.

A couple of Reed Warblers were heard along the Back Channel, along with several more Sedge Warblers.

At Box End Park there were at least 9 Common Terns and a large mixed flock of Martins and Swallows with a couple of Swifts for good measure. Both Sand Martins and House Martins were seen.

Neither of the Lesser Whitethroats heard last week were singing this week and Chiffchaffs were noticeably fewer. No surprises on the golf course this week although a Coot had 5 youngsters on one of the lakes. As we watched the Coots 3 Linnets flew in and settled behind one of the bunkers.

A few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits as we crossed the fields back to Kempston Mill and the Lapwings were busy seeing off the local Crows.

On the whole it was much quieter this week than last, the strong wind probably having something to do with that.