Expecting migrant warblers as well as a few other long distance migrants to be arriving in some numbers, I took myself off for a walk around Netherfield Lagoons in south Notts this morning. I was not disappointed! There were three Little Ringed Plovers and three Common Terns present as well as over twenty Sand Martin and a handful of Swallows. But the warblers were the thing! There were eight species present although I only managed to see seven, failing to see or even hear a Grasshopper Warbler. I had been reliably informed that two birds had been reeling earlier in the day but they were silent when I was there. Obviously I'll have to get up a bit earlier.
The most common warbler this morning was Blackcap with at least eleven singing males recorded. Scientific name Sylvia atricapilla roughly meaning Black-haired Wood Sprite is pretty damned apt I'd say.
|Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla|
|Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita|
|Whitethroat Sylvia communis|
|Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca|
|Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus|
|Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus|