This is where my Lesser Whitethroat was singing away trying to attract a mate. They come to Britain to breed from NE Africa and are generally quite skulking birds, normally only making their presence known through their rattling song.The river narrows towards the end of my survey area and this is where I normally hear or see Kingfishers.This is the end of my survey coverage. It's then just a question of enjoying a leisurely walk back along the river and a full English breakfast back at home!
Monday, 18 May 2009
Waterways survey along the River Frome
Last Monday I did my BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) Waterways survey which takes me along the River Frome. I've been doing this particular survey for about 10 years now and what is great is that you get a good feel for what birds are doing well or badly when you survey the same area for several years. The survey starts at the Mill House that you often see in my pictures of Rodden Nature Reserve which is just on the outskirts of Frome. I then walk 5 x 500metre stretches of the river noting down the birds I see and hear along the way. This year I've noticed that there were no Willow Warblers singing (they seem to be doing badly nationwide too) and I haven't seen Spotted Flycatcher for a few years now. On the plus side, the Kingfishers seem to be holding their own and Lesser Whitethroat seems to be hanging on here too.The Railway line crosses the River along the stretch that I survey a couple of times, but doesn't seem to create much disturbance thankfully.There are some parts of the river that are quite difficult to walk along which doesn't help when you're trying to concentrate on birds without falling in! However, other stretches are really lovely and make up for those awkward sections.