This is now officially the peak period for spring migration at Beddington (mid April to early May). I was in the kebab shop when 2 Common Cranes flew over but I did have a female Marsh Harrier (pic 1), 2 Common Buzzard, 1 LRP, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 20+ Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (first of the year), 15+ Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler and 11 Wheatear (pic 3). Only 1-2 Green Sandpipers left now (pic 2), 25+ Teal, 3 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall and there were 1-2 Little Owl along the path. Good to see 2 Skylarks prospecting on the mound.
Also did some more natural history stuff with Steve and Derek- plenty of plant ticks and some insects including this parasitic bee with some long scientific name or other (pic 4).