Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Local patch update

It's been a while since I reported from my local patch along the Great Ouse at Kempston Mill and Biddenham Loop so here's a quick update. The Barn Owls are back in the Ash Tree again this year and I suspect they have chicks as JA saw 3 voles being taken back to the nest hole in a short period the other evening. 

Barn Owl
The "Bedford" Black Swan seems to have relocated to Box End Park and on recent visit to Biddenham Loop I grabbed this shot as it flew past with some Mute Swans.

Black Swan
No sign of any Otters recently which is very disappointing. I was hoping the resident female may have had cubs again this year but I haven't seen any sign of her let alone cubs.

At the weekend there was a Fox at Box End Park and another on the same side of the river a little further upstream.

There are plenty of Summer Migrants in now with Sedge Warblers in good numbers along the Back Channel along with a couple of Reed Warblers. A few Willow Warblers can be heard around Biddenham Loop CP and a Lesser Whitethroat can also be heard along the hedge line here. Common Whitethroats are also in good numbers now and we even had a Garden Warbler at BLCP which haven't been easy to find in recent years in this area. Chiffchaffs are in their regular haunts although quietening down now.

This morning the Sedge Warblers were showing particularly well along the Back Channel.

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler