Monday, 15 August 2011

August 15th 2011

Farborough spit, Draycote Water had 10 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, and 4 Dunlin at 8:45am with 2 Greenshank on lin croft point and another in toft bay along with 10 Common Sandpiper. Yesterdays 2 Little Gulls still favouring either toft bay or lin croft point.
Unfortunately Joe Public were soon walking along the shore line flushing everything, Luckily I was in the right place at the right time when one twat who had sneaked in by car flush a Wood Sandpiper which left to the east. Hee Hee vengeance is sweet, he became trapped by the gates being locked behind him and it was light years before he got out.
The island will appear any day now so the waders will have somewhere safe – until the fishermen or sailors flush um.
With brilliant viewing conditions I spent two hours watching the skies over the valley from farborough bank and the country park finding at least 19 Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawk, 7 Kestrel, 3 Hobby and 5 Raven plus a very distant immature Marsh Harrier quartering a recently harvested field behind Kites Hardwick golf range towards toft lake.
Other sightings today included 8 Teal, 2 Swift, Grey Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Long-tailed Tit and 6 Willow Warbler plus Banded Demoiselle, Vapourer Moth, 30+ Gatekeeper, 5 Speckled Wood, 10 Common Blue, Small White and a pristine Brimstone.

Coal Tit - one of 3 seen by Bob tody

Over the last week the “space shed” has been showing very poorly in the evenings but this should change soon with 9 passes rated as good between the 17th and 24th August – will publish times in the next few days
While I’m on my other hobbies Tornado is due to go though Rugby on 10th September and in October the 8th and 15th could be good with possibly as many as 5 steam trains on those two days but waiting for more information – again will let you have details nearer the time.

Not had time to identify this colourful beauty

Six-striped Rustic



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