The first Corn Bunting appeared on territory on March 2nd this year, the earliest ever. But then there were no sightings until today, when this singing male returned:
♂ Reed Bunting:
This is usually the last week that the winter Thrushes, Fieldfare and Redwing, are with us before they depart for Scandinavia. I suspect we may be recording exceptionally late dates for these species if the cold spell lasts as long as forecast:
I headed east from Cuddesdon Mill on Sunday morning to map out habitat for the BTOs Wetland Breeding Bird Survey, which I am taking over this year. Whilst in the woods alongside the river, 4 pale duck with gleaming white underwings, shot overhead:
For once they did the decent thing and did a return fly-by a few seconds later. I was ready: 4 Gadwall!
This is the 4th record in the past 4 years for the rarest of the duck that fly down the River Thame. Except for the ones I've missed of course.
Monday dawned grey and cold, this nice ♂ Kestrel was hunting south of the village:
Today, the Golden Plover were much closer. Only 9 birds were present, but with some nearing summer plumage, they were living up to their name. These are beautiful birds in their breeding plumage:
69 species for the year.