A hazy start to the morning but this soon cleared leaving good visibility as far as the Dartford bridge crossing in the East. Aside from small local movements of geese, ducks and common passerines there was little in the air to report. However since our last visit Whitethroat have arrived in the park, with at least 3 singing males recorded this morning in the scrub behind our viewpoint. Several Blackcap and one Chiffchaff were still present too. Four migrant warbler species have now recorded in as many weeks on this high, south-facing ridge which clearly shows that it is an important stopping off point for birds arriving from Europe. The mixture of scrub and young, deciduous trees provides vital food and shelter, enbabling them to refuel before continuing their epic journeys. More updates soon.
|Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) Crystal Palace Park- photo PB|