Saturday, 21 May 2011
We had eleven Crossbills (pic 2) go over today which is remarkable in terms of the number and early date. There were only 12 records of Crossbill up to 2007 (The Birds of Beddington Farmlands) and all were between June and October so todays is the first May record. 50% of records have been in June and July and are believed to represent post breeding dispersal birds. The previous highest number was four on July 14th 2001.
I also saw a Buzzard and Peregrine but missed a Red Kite. Common Blues (pic 2) and Large Whites are about now.
As the vegetation is growing up across the site some new Sedge Warblers are taking up territories- maybe late season birds (first summers?). Many of the warblers and songsters are busy nest building and feeding young and not so much music in the air.