Walked down and back from St Leonard's first thing. Of note were:

- a Sedge Warbler, my first for the year, singing from the Southernmost former Countesswear pond, now reed-bed, and three or four Willows from eponymous trees along the canal bank. Plenty of Cetti's, Chiffs and Blackcaps as well, of course;

- a Common Sandpiper, also a first, in the river by the sewage works outfall;

- battling the wind, Sand Martins in several groups, which coalesced into a single flock of 4-500 low over the river either side of the by-pass;

- the first two eggs in a Swan's nest on the canal;

-a handful of Wigeon and Teal still on Matford pond, but the Shovelers and Tufted Ducks present last week have gone;

- a Siskin, brilliant in the sunshine, and a Treecreeper singing near St. James Weir.

Posted April 5th, 2021 at 5:09 pm by James Camden in Bird News