Spring Visit to Wetland Centre

Yesterday Keith and I along with Trevor visited the London Wetland Centre in search of Spring Migrants. Before we got to the entrance we were treated to a singing Blackcap in the trees. After a welcome drink in the café, we proceeded to check out the hides on the south side of the reserve. A little Egret was present, which given how common it has become, is not common here. The usual resident birds were present and a few Sand Martins were seen in the distance. We made our way to the Tower, where we hade better views of Sand Martins and also saw a Redshank and a Common Snipe on the scape.

Making our way round to Scrape hide, we again watched the Sand Martins. At this point none were investigating the nest bank and it may be that these were migrating birds on their way further north. After lunch we made our around the return loop where the song of Cetti’s warblers who seemed to be present in good numbers. A single chiffchaff was heard too.

Crossing over to the north side we heard another Chiffchaff but found no more spring migrants. Counting up it had been a productive day with 42 species seen along with some early bees (Queens looking for nest sites) and Butterflies.

A good day out in the pleasant spring sunshine.

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