Saturday, 13 April 2013

Early morning at The Chase

The Chase

Arrived on site this morning at 06.45, not early enough to beat some of the dog walkers though! Started on Fels Field where two Willow Warblers were singing along with the resident species as were two or three Chiffchaff. Still a handful of Redwing around and I'm sure I heard some brief Redwing song this morning!

Moved back across the road to the Millennium Centre and walked towards The Slack. Had another Willow and more Chiffchaff singing along with two Blackcap. Just before the entrance to The Chase a Kingfisher flashed across in front of me. On The Slack still the one sleeping Greenshank and a Yellow Wagtail put in a brief appearance before heading in the direction of Crowsfoot Marsh.

Two species that have declined dramatically  nationally are Song Thrush and Bullfinch. At The Chase today I counted four singing Song Thrushes and a pair of Bullfinches.

Song Thrush

male Bullfinch
See I said there was a pair, rubbish pictures though, they are not at all approachable, and who can blame them!
Bullfinch pair