Draycote was a dreary place today with low cloud and occasional light misty rain till it brightened early afternoon. Arrived with Bob just after 8:30am and it took us 3 hours to locate the Lesser Scaup which was off hensborough bank with a group of tufties.
Lesser Scaup by Bob Hazell
Other birds of note were juvenile Black Tern, 15 Ringed Plover (5 toft bay, 1inlet & 9 west at 11am) Dunlin in toft, 40 Meadow Pipit, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting on farborough bank, Golden Plover over rainbow with 50+lapwing, Raven and 4 Goldcrests in country park. There were 50 Swallow and 20 House Martin feeding over the tree tops off toft bank but as the cloud lifted 1000+ hirundine were observed from the country park flying south down the Grandborough Valley. Vapourer Moth and Weasel seen.
THE MERSEYSIDE TORNADO due to pass through Rugby on the 2nd October has been POSTPONED till 24-May 2011
Francoise sent me this pic of the Avro Vulcan XH558 on its way to Babington Air Show, Coventry on Sunday as it flew over Draycote.
Daves trap is doing a lot better than mine at the moment
Blair Shoulder-knot by Bob Hazell