WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL
The day started dry and clear, and fairly mild. As it wore on, the wind freshened up from the Southeast and cloud moved in forming overcast skies. Temperatures steadily increased, peaking at 17 degrees C. Such conditions are excellent for passerine migration and should provide us with our first haul of Ring Ouzel and other related migrants during the next few days. Osprey and Marsh Harrier migration should also pick up.
PENN WOOD (BUCKS)
Joined local birder Kevin Holt this evening at Penn Wood and by 1900 hours recorded a staggering total of 88 BRAMBLINGS flighting into roost in a Holly plantation - remarkable considering my best winter count at this site this year was just 19 birds. As usual, the birds were extremely vocal and filling the evening air with their nasal calls. The adult males were absolutely gorgeous in full black-hooded summer finery - sheer magic.
Just 3 Greenfinches roosted, with 3 SISKINS feeding nearby.
A RED KITE drifted over, whilst Kevin kindly showed me 1 of the 5 singing male WILLOW WARBLERS the wood now holds. A single Common Chiffchaff was also encountered.
Nearby at WINCHMORE HILL (opposite Pennstreet Farm at SU 925 953), the ROOKERY now holds 34 active nests.
BELL LANE, LITTLE CHALFONT (BUCKS)
A singing COMMON CHIFFCHAFF was noted in trees opposite the Entertainer Warehouse at SU 984 982. Two singing male Robins were also in the same area.