(1) Blog Posts Made in March 2019


The migration season is underway and I have only seen a Chiffchaff (could it have been a over winter bird?).  I did see a Hen Harrier near Redhorn Vedette.  I was on my way to see Bustards and saw Red Kite, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Linnet, Stonechat, Kestrel and Buzzard amongst other birds before the flock of Great Bustards in a field.  The other day there were few birds about and on a Bee Survey all I found was 1 Snipe and a Bloody-nosed Beetle.  I have been in Iceland (-24C) and the Canaries (+24C) where I did not see the Gyr Falcon nor the Dwarf Bittern.  I did see lots of other birds during my trips.  I was ringing at Lacock with a GRSWO and a SONTH plus numerous Great Tits and Blue Tits.  The Plain on the West has not been productive as it has been very windy.  In the shelter of the valleys however watchers have seen Hen Harriers when we carry out our surveys.  I did have a trip to Eastbourne for a break and saw the normal birds as my wife and I visted National Trust properties in the area.  We also popped in to see our son at Folkestone who is now gainfully employed in Hampstead!  I still am waiting for the migrants to appear on the Plain despite reports of birds within the County.