At The Bandiat there were also a couple of shovelers and a great white egret was flying overhead. The only wader present was a green sandpiper, the first of this migratory species to turn up this year.
I heard several blackcaps singing as I cycled homeward.
The garden feeders continue to be interesting as no fewer than six species of finch were together there yesterday, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, hawfinch(1), siskin (3), and brambling (3). Also present in the garden were firecrest, chiffchaff, blackbird, song thrush, blue tit, great tit, house sparrow, starling, kestrel and moorhen. The sparrows and starlings are busy collecting nesting material.
Meadow pipits and white wagtails are still common migrants in the fields and many buzzards are pairing up and soaring,