SUNDAY 17 APRIL
CHAFFINCH HOUSE, LITTLE CHALFONT (BUCKS)
A singing male BLACKCAP close to the garden and my first BRIMSTONE butterfly of the year.
HILLESDEN VILLAGE AND RESERVE SCRAPES (BUCKS)
At least 40 House Sparrows noted in and around the village but at the reserve, a search from the hide failed to locate any of Tim Watt’s 3 Ruff (see his excellent images above). I did see a pair of Oystercatchers, pair of LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS, 6 Common Redshank, 8 Lapwings, a drake Shoveler, 2 drake Common Teal and both Willow Warbler and Common Chiffchaff in the House grounds.
TRING RESERVOIRS (HERTS)
Little of note other than 4 Shoveler, 14 Common Terns and 5 Sand Martins on Wilstone, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 7 Mute Swans on Startop’s End Reservoir and 9 Shoveler, 2 singing CETTI’S WARBLERS and a SEDGE WARBLER on Marsworth Reservoir..