Sunday, 16 April 2017

Catching up around the Stour Valley.

I caught up with the Cattle Egret at Stodmarsh on Saturday, (15th) in with cows opposite the Stodmarsh Court Farm entrance. Not too sure if this is the same individual seen a few months back at the Blue bridge at Preston and also in cereal fields along the North Stream at Marshside.

New birds for the year (for me) were a bit thin on the ground with three Swallows over the Reed beds at Stodmarsh on Tuesday (11th)  and a Nightingale heard at the Grove end of the reserve on Thursday (13th) all year ticks. There are now quite a few Sedge Warbers to be heard chattering away in the reed beds. Three Common Snipe have been feeding close in to the reed bed hide at Stodmarsh and giving the local wildlife snappers something to point their cameras at.

I hope the returning Terns are happy with their new 5 star accommodation, definitely an upgrade on their old 2 star residence. I have not seen any birds back yet but surely just a matter of days now. They are great targets for the camera.


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