Thursday, 14 April 2016

Monkeying Around at Thornton!

 There have been some unusual sightings at Thornton Reservoir recently. April is always a good time for migrants, but no one expected the above monkey sp.
A whinchat below was a treat.

 It was found feeding in the pony fields at the Stanton inflow. It is several years since I recorded this species locally.

 A smart male Redstart was in the hedges on the eastern side of the res. above Stony bank.
 Redstart seem to have become more regular over recent years.
 A Mink in the top end inflow stream is perhaps a less welcome visitor. Water Voles could always be seen at both inflows, but sadly are long gone. No doubt that this little chap played a part.
 My fourth Wheatear of the Spring.

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