3rd April 2017

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Our earliest spring arrival date for the species, and our first 'quality' passage migrant this spring, a stonking male Redstart was found along Slangs (of course!) late morning and was still showing mid-afternoon, bringing the year list to 71. Two over-flying Greylags represented the second record of the year. Other notables included five Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs and three Mallards, while the Horse Pasture pair of Little Owls was on show. Three Pheasants, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard and a Kestrel were seen, too. Hopefully more is to come over the next few weeks, giving the year list a much-needed boost.

male Common Redstart

 Duncan Jennings