Hook Watch 99

25 June 2022

A varied and interesting start to the weekend yesterday with five warblers still present and we heard a Sedge Warbler singing briefly at its usual location for the first time this year! The others were Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Garden and Common Whitethroat. There were definitely two Garden Warblers which were very vocal as were the Whitethroats and Blackcaps.

Magpies were busy feeding young but crows and Rooks were absent and only two jackdaws were seen. 

Blue and Great Tits were in very short supply with only one Blue heard.. We did however see a nice small flock of Long-tailed Tits and Wrens were again quite noisy. A male Chaffinch was a welcome sight while Greenfinch and Goldfinch sang occasionally along with Dunnock and the odd Robin.

Six Blackbirds were seen and a single Song Thrush.

A message came through that a Red Kite was over Pinders Pond but unfortunately we were at the far end of the reserve and trees obstructed our view.

Overhead birds were also scarce with only two Black-headed Gulls, two Lesser BB Gulls and two Cormorants; a single Swift and a single Swallow brightened things up though and a super Little Egret was a great sight for one lucky observer.

We ended up with 28 species which isn’t a bad total considering the fairly strong winds.

Butterflies

At least 4 Ringlets (?) and a Comma were noted along with a single Small White.

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