Sunday, May 16, 2010

Emmington (Oxfordshire) - 09:00 to 11:25

A morning walk focused on completing my early season BTO Breeding Bird Survey (http://tinyurl.com/33b77mj) over 1km square SP7402. This, followed by result collation and submission to the BTO website when back home.

During the survey 24 bird species were seen and counted. A reasonable total though I did start walking the transect late and the weather was not spring like. Outside the survey I did see one bird first for the year - House Martin (Delichon urbica). Also spotted, but this time during the survey, a Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) mobbing a Red Kite (Milvus milvus) over a recently harrowed field. I wonder if the Lapwing was protecting fledged young.

So, the walk today was bird focused with little time for anything else. However, a Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) was a great distraction!

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