Tuesday, 31 August 2010

August 31st 2010

Bob and I met Dennis in the car park at Draycote Water and walked to toft bay hoping that the place had some thing to offer. There were a lot more Yellow Wagtails around with at least 6 Grey Wagtails and as we reached farborough spit a juvenile Shelduck was present while in the centre of reservoir there were 18 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 5 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler – Greenshank flew over heading east.
Toft bay could only offer Egyptian Goose, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret and a Dunlin before we left Bob to continue his circuit while Dennis and I returned and had a calling Nuthatch from below farborough bank – most unusual.
Hensborough bank had 6 Ringed Plover, juvenile Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin while one of yesterdays Sanderling was in rainbow corner along with adult Little Ringed Plover and another or the same Greenshank flew over heading down the Leam Valley.
Also seen today were 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Sparrowhawk, a few Chiff/Willow Warblers and female Goosander while 3 Flounced Rustic, Common Wainscot and a Centre-barred Sallow moths were on the side of the visitors centre and butterflies seen included Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large White, Green-veined White and Small Tortishell.
After lunch it was Napton on the Hill where we had a record breaking 21 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Swift, a mixed flock of House Martin and Swallows mobbing a Hobby which was eating one of there number while soaring, 4 Buzzard, Raven, Peregrine, 5 Mistle Thrush plus 6 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff among a good sized tit flock.


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