Hook Watch 104

20 August 2022

Yeah!! We’ve still got three warblers on the reserve – Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Common Whitethroat! 

The morning began with sunny spells and a cool wind. Activity at the start was almost at an absolute zero apart from a Chiffchaff calling in the distance; a couple more joined in as the minutes ticked by.

Eventually in the west section of The Hook the morning got going with some great appearances by Goldfinch, Greenfinch, a single male Chaffinch, Wren, Dunnocks, Blackbirds and the three main tit species. A (young?) Reed Bunting was also found hiding. The warblers then decided to join in after a lot of single calls and alarm calling, however the whitethroats were not very confiding and views were fleeting at the best. Male and female Blackcaps were seen on a number of occasions. 

Overhead a large female Sparrowhawk cruised by which was a super addition to the morning’s list but other species were limited in number and I think for the first time ever Cormorant wasn’t seen. Black-headed Gulls were limited to five birds. 23 species in total for the morning which did not include Robin.

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