Naturelog: 2nd April

We had debated whether to go Bough Beech Reservoir today as planned as the weather forecast wasn’t very hopeful. But by 1100 it appeared the rain had passed and so Sue and I made our way to this site near Sevenoaks in hope of catching up with some spring migrants. Parking on the causeway I began to look out over the water and there were good numbers of duck, Canada Geese, Great Crested Grebes and Great Cormorants but no sign of any passage birds.

Great Crested Grebe
Tufted Duck
Eurasian Wigeon

About 30 minutes after we arrived it started to rain and eventually this was so hard we took shelter in the car using it as a hide to watch for any birds flying through. A Great Spotted Woodpecker, a pair of Buzzards and a Chiffchaff were the best sightings. After a further hour the rain was getting harder and looked set, so we decided to call it a day and come home.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)
Gadwall [sp] (Mareca strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)

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