Witney Lake – Rushy Common

Our usual Easter Sunday walk from Witney Lake to Rushy Common and Tar Lakes. The variety of habitats means that it’s quite good for birds – we’ve clocked over fifty in the past – although this year the LWVP hide at Rushy Common was closed because of Covid. It was warm and sunny and lots of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, as well as some Willow Warblers, a probable Garden Warbler and a definite Cetti’s in the usual corner of Tar Lakes were singing. Also the first Hirondines of the year (Sand Martins) were congregating over the lakes in the quarry area. Not such a good display of Coltsfoot as usual on the shores of one of Tar Lakes and slightly past its best. Butterflies were well represented with lots of Brimstones and Peacocks and several very fresh Commas.