Coombe Hill

Coombe Hill (9 April 2011, contributed by Les Brown, Tim Cash, Mike Smart and John Wiltshire.)

More signs of early arrival of summer visitors, and of wader passage through the Severn Vale.

Wader passage: two Little Ringed Plovers, calling as though they had just arrived and were likely to move on; a Greenshank dropped in; a Green Sandpiper made a very brief appearance.

Summer visitors: at least 10 singing Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps and 4 Willow Warblers; new arrivals included at least three singing Whitethroats, at least three singing Sedge Warblers, at least five singing Redstarts (more to the Wainlodes end of the canal).

Among the residents: three pairs of Canada Geese (one female still sitting in very exposed site); about 11 Greylags; the usual pair of Egyptian Geese; about three pairs of Shelducks; the pair of Oystercatchers; about five pairs of Lapwings on the reserve (two females sitting) another two pairs on arable outside the reserve; about four Curlew; two Redshank, some trilling, two or three Snipe.

Plus late winter visitors: eight Wigeon, 25 Teal.

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