Monday, 27 June 2011

Lutley Wedge 27/06/11 12.00pm (30°c) Hot, humid and cloudy

The ♂ Reed Warbler was still singing on territory today along with a ♂ Sedge Warbler.
According to the BTO 'Migration Atlas' 2002 although Reed Warblers arrive back in southern Britain from mid April the spring migration is protracted and some do not leave Africa until early June, these late birds are unlikely to return to breeding grounds in western Europe until mid-June (Dowsett -Lemaire & Dowsett 1987). This possibly explains the June arrivals of Reed Warbler here on the patch in the last two years.
Reed Warbler 27/6/11 

Reed Warbler Lutley Wedge 27/6/11

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Lutley Wedge 26/06/11 12.00pm (27°c) Hot, sunny with some scattered cloud

The mid-summer patch birding 'doldrums' were livened up today with the discovery of a ♂ Reed Warbler singing this afternoon, and a welcome patch year tick. This is only the 6th record of this scarce migrant on the local patch, and was singing from exactly the same spot as a ♂ i found last year on the 16/6/10. Quite possibly the same un-paired bird returning again to set up territory.
Also seen:-
(12+) Common Swift
(4) Swallow
House Martin
(2) Blackcap
(2) Common Whitethroat
Reed Warbler 26/6/11