Sunday, 14 August 2011

August 14th 2011

At least 4 Jays near the grassy field this morning down Southam Road with a Med Gull in the post roost on the opposite side of the road. Also seen around here were 4 Hares and a Fox.
Draycote Water was very peaceful as we walked to toft bay with plenty of waders around with 6 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 4 Greenshank and a female Ruff plus 2 juvenile Little Gull, 80 Swift and 2 Teal.
With a light north westerly breeze insect activity was confined to the south east area of Napton on the Hill with very good numbers of tits, warblers and flycatchers found with 20+ Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Great-spotted Woodpecker though the star of the show was a male Redstart. Other birds seen in a two hour visit included 4 Raven, 5 Buzzard and Swift though the Churchyard was again birdless.
Wormleighton had very high Osprey go over heading west, 3 Tree Sparrows, Coal Tit, and Lesser Whitethroat plus 10 Common Blue butterflies and Southern, Brown and Migrant Hawker dragonflies.
Final stop was the Just So where a Grass Snake decided to show its self really well for a few minutes as it swam across the pond and back. Apart from a few Linnets the bird life was quiet though Brown Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Shaded Broad-bar, Yellow Shell and Lesser Treble-bar more than made up for it.


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