Saturday, 13 August 2011

August 13th 2011

Grabbed a couple of hours sleep then cycled to Napton on the Hill before dawn with Little Owl calling along Southam Rd, Dunchurch, Tawny Owl head passing Nelson Quarry and Little Owl seen on the roof of Manor Farm, Butt Hill.
By the time I had arrived it was raining and humid but again no birds in the churchyard so walked to the quarry where a good size tit flock contained Coal Tit, Goldcrest and 14 Long-tailed Tit before the breeze got up and I returned to the churchyard. Only adult and juvenile Green Woodpecker here so walked to Hillside finding the lower hedgerows productive with 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 11 Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Tit among the many Blue and Great Tits in the area. Also seen before I left were Raven, 2 Buzzard, Swift, 200 House Martin, 3 Mistle Thrush and Sparrowhawk. As I was going down Butt Hill a Whinchat was on the hedgerow opposite the junction with Hillside.
Met up with Dave as he had more micros then slept most of the afternoon before an evening visit to the pond produced female Ruff in biggen bay and a juvenile Little Gull off the valve tower while the roost contained 10 adult, 2 first summer and 3 third year Yellow-legged Gulls. Also seen were 8 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Ringed Plover.


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