Kenton and Powderham

My daily walks over the last 4 weeks have regularly taken me past the heronry in Powderham Park. This year there are 31 occupied nests, an increase from 27 last year, but still well short of the peak of 43 in 1981. Little Egrets are very vocal this week, with probably 14 nests, similar to recent years, compared to the peak of 33 nests in 2010.

Chiffchaffs and Blackcap are present in good numbers, but so far only two Swallows on one day and no House Martins yet. Single very brief sightings of Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat. One pair of Yellowhammers and two pairs of Stonechat are clearly on territory.

Other taxa, mainly in my garden, include a very early Beautiful Demoiselle on 8 April, 10 species of butterfly, 16 species of moth trapped, Dark-edged Bee-fly, Marmalade Hoverfly and an Oil Beetle sp

Beautiful DemoiselleDark-edged Bee-flyOil Beetle sp.
Beautiful Demoiselle                Dark-edged Bee-fly                     Oil Beetle sp.

Posted April 17th, 2020 at 6:20 pm by Nigel Hewitt in Bird News