Patch update 15/04/09

This evening I had a walk on patch, and got the increasingly rare thing that is a patch tick… I was watching the swallows at Old Wheel Dam, and noticed there was a martin among them. Presuming it was a house martin (a lot earlier than my first there last year), I had a look through binoculars and realised it was a brown bird with a band across its breast – a completely unexpected sand martin!

Elsewhere in the Valley were a few stock doves (five at Old Wheel Farm, and one in the nest box opposite Loxley Park nursing home), a singing blackcap opposite the house, a couple of willow warblers en route, and a pair of linnets at Old Wheel Farm, the first I’ve seen in the valley for a while. A curlew was heard at Old Wheel Dam, and great spotted woodpeckers were present at Stacey Bank and Black Lane.

Here’s the only photo I got today, a pied wagtail at Old Wheel Farm.

Pied Wagtail

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One thought on “Patch update 15/04/09”

  1. Nice pic of the Wagtail Pete …

    I remember when I took one .. let me think .. was it Pied or White .. I forget now !!

    :-)

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