A lovely circular walk around Staines Moor produced some good numbers of common migrant birds in the bramble and hawthorn scrub. 10 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 100+ Swift, 60 Sand Martin and 20+ House Martin and Swallows flycatching over the grazing cattle. Along the river produced 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Heron, more Blackcap and Garden Warblers moving through the dense bramble patches.
The diversity of flying insects was amazing with 100's of Banded Demoiselles everywhere!! It was an extraordinary sight. Large numbers of Small & Large White Butterflies were evident. Further along the river we had nice flyover of a Hobby and counted 8 Green Woodpeckers together on the ground by the ancient ant mounds.
|Staines Moor- Scrub full of warblers|
|Common Tern over Staines Reservoir|