Despite the warning signs that I wasn’t a 100% I was out with Dave early managing a walk out to toft shallows, Draycote Water where we had 5 Greenshank, 4 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 20+ Yellow Wagtail, 15 Swift and Wheatear before moving on to Napton on the Hill after breakfast.
All the bird activity on the hill was virtually confined to the south east side especially around the remains the old orchard and goat pen with at least 15 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and 4 Spotted Flycatcher seen here.
One of last weeks male Redstarts was still present and joined by a juvenile and accompanied by another Spotted Flycatcher. Unfortunately our visit to the Just So and Napton Reservoir produced nothing of interest.
Many thanks to Dave H & JJ for contacting us regarding the Little Stint at the pond and our day finally ended with my temperature going up and ending up in a sorry heap on my death bed – man flu. As per usual Dave's field craft paid off and he captured some great images - well done.
Little Ringed Plover