|Blackcap (male) at Houghton-on-the-Hill 10/04/14|
It was evident since my previous visit that Blackcap numbers have increased, therefore, I decided to sit in an area where I knew that Blackcaps have set up territory. Despite this, the male Blackcap was frustratingly singing out of sight with only brief glimpses seen, including when the bird was seen taking an Ivy berry for food, however, the bird did sing at distance on top of a branch offering the opportunity for this photograph.
Several Chiffchaffs were in song as was a Goldcrest.
There was some evidence of passage overhead with calling Redpoll and Brambling, both species will be heading north with the Brambling making for Scandinavian Birch forests to breed.
Thompson Water 1330-1600
My intention this afternoon was to see if yesterdays Marsh Harriers were still present, however, it would appear that they had continued their passage as there was no sign.
Migrant Warblers were well represented by both Blackcap and Chiffchaff, also, the resident Cetti's Warbler occasionally gave a burst of its explosive song.
On the water was 3 Great Crested Grebes, a pair and singleton. The pair appeared to be strengthening their bond by showing signs of display.
With conditions good for raptors my eyes were always on the sky, however, just a single Buzzard passed over in a fast glide from west to east. Things were set to change.
|2nd year Goshawk at Thompson Water 10/04/14|
This beautiful raptor provided a good ending to this visit to Thompson Water.