THURSDAY 22 APRIL
A very frosty start to the early morning followed by a glorious sunny day. Whilst chatting to Chris Pontin in the McMinn's Yard in Chesham, 2 RING-NECKED PARAKEETS noisily passed over at 0720 hours.....
ARLINGTON RESERVOIR (EAST SUSSEX)
At 1100 hours, the adult BONAPARTE'S GULL in full breeding plumage was showing extremely well along the west shore with 8 Black-headed Gulls. Its smaller size, all-dark bill and bubblegum-pink legs were diagnostic.
The adjacent scrub harboured both Lesser and Common Whitethroat and Common Chiffchaff, with Western Reed Warblers in the reedbed fringe and 3 Shoveler, 1 Common Tern and House Martins over the reservoir.
WILSTONE RESERVOIR, TRING (HERTS)
An evening visit between 1900 and 2000 hours yielded a first-summer female MARSH HARRIER quartering back and forth over the reedbed, whilst 5 Shoveler, a drake Pochard, 5 Common Sandpipers, an adult Common Gull, 46 Common Terns and 6 COMMON SWIFTS were noted.
IVINGHOE HILLS NR (BUCKS)
After rescuing a few wayward straying Sheep (escaped after careless walkers had left the gate open), I made contact with 22 WHEATEARS feeding on the slope SE of the Beacon. At least 5 of these were brightly marked GREENLAND WHEATEARS.