Two Common Sandpipers on the lake must have come in last night. A few more Sedge Warblers today and a new group of Swifts. The brothers and Keith had a Raven- only the fourth record for the Farm. Whinchat has gone.
Breeding positions are being taken swiftly at the moment. Sand Martins are busy nesting in the Sand Martin bank (5-6 pairs), there is a pair and a spare of Gadwall, only a male Shelduck, one to two pairs of Little Grebe, perhaps 10 pairs of Lapwing and Grey Heron juveniles are already out- there is about 30+ Grey Herons on the farm. Must be 60 pairs of Whitethroat on site.
So far this spring at Beddington:
UP AND OKAY: Buzzard, Red Kite, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, House Martin, Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat,
DOWN or OUT: Willow Warbler, Turtle Dove, Spotted Flycatcher, only one Cuckoo, wader numbers are low.