Friday, 23 March 2012


A stroll around Wrafton Pond, Sherpa (sharper?) Marsh and then Velator reserve was quite productive this morning.

Although no sign of the female Pochard from yesterday on Wrafton Pond at least one pair of Little Grebes trilling. Around Sherpa, 37 Canada Geese, 8 Snipe, 7 Teal, a Gadwall, a pair of Pintail, a Shelduck, one Little Egret, a pair of Little Owls, and a singing Chiffchaff along the Chivenor perimeter fence. At least 4 Calling Cetti's Warblers, a Kestrel over Chivenor, and a few Reed Buntings in evidence with one or two Water Rails. Outside the reserve a small flock of Pipits has built up over the last few days, today I counted 12, and can't rule out at least one of them being a Water Pitpit, but with silhouette views it ain't easy! In the reserve, another Chiffchaff, and then the delightful liliting song of the first Willow Warbler of the year.