Thursday 3 June 2010

Thurs 3rd June

Well as promised some figures through from the first count of this years Corncrake counts. Overall the tally was 49 calling males, which compares favourably with previous years. I know the route that we carried out was slightly down, there were a couple of sites where we had birds calling last year but none this year. The sea itself was quite noisy, so it made hearing some of the birds hard to hear. All in all I think Michal was pleased with the results so far.
On the guided walk today at Gruinart there were 27 adults and a few children in attendance, we managed to show them a Hen Harrier, although it was not close at hand, a pair of Chough, a Goldcrest carrying food back to its young, both Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat seen and heard. On the floods, there were the Mute Swans with their cygnets in tow, many Lapwing and Redshank and a few Heron out fishing! The Corncrakes were quiet...
Back home earlier this evening, I went and checked the new House Sparrow Terraces put up in the Spring. The other day when I checked them out there was a few pieces of nesting material in one of them. Tonight when I looked there is now a nest along with 4 eggs in it, so Springwatch had better look out!

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