It was a bit of a dull day when I did my first visit to one of my two Breeding Bird Survey squares – the sun came out a bit later. But an early morning stroll recording birds cannot ever be dull, can it?
I was hopeful that I might add Cattle gret to the bird list of this BBS square as several of the local Nene Valley birds have been seen in this area recently, but the field below the church had its cattle, and one by the river had sheep, and another further up the slope had a rather unprpossessing collection of ponies, but no Cattle egret. As some compensation, a Great Egret flew over – but I recorded one of those here a few years ago. I did add Shelduck to the bird list of this square though – two flew past – woohoo!
But the point of all this looking, listening and writing down is to be a small part of the bigger enterprise of assessing avian population changes. whitehtroats seemed to be doing OK, and there was a single Sedge Warbler singing where there used to be several, but birds were a bit thin on the ground although a singing Garden Warbler was a good record.
And this was birding with a purpose so it felt quite good. Maybe on the second visit the place will be buzzing 9and have Cattle egrets?) – but if it isn’t then, if that’s the same on hundreds and hundreds of other BBS squares, we will have learned something.