What a contrast from the beginning of the week – hardly a breath of wind this morning and very mild.
Once my domestic were out the way I joined up with Mark for a walk out to the spit at the pond but with so much disturbance we were wasting our time and did not stay long. The fishermen were flushing many of the waders off the spit and island so only found a single Curlew Sandpiper 11 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover and 3 Greenshank.
The only other birds of note were 5 Buzzard, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, 4 Arctic Tern and juvenile Common Tern.
Please note the Sailing Club Car Park is now closed for development so will presumably mean the sailing fraternity will have to park in the country park and this could mean it being busy at the weekends. Sadly we watched a Bulldozer ripping up the Grizzled Skipper habitat.
Joined Dennis in the Long Itch Diner discussing the merits of a hot breakfast or a dash to Buckinghamshire but the sound of grapefruit fried in bacon dripping convinced us to stay then while D went looking for the BNG at Napton Reservoir we checked out Napton on the Hill where we managed to find 8 Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat, 10 Raven, 7 Buzzard, 10 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit and 7 Cormorant over.
Mark was a Just So newbie so treated to a slice of my cake while chatting to Tim, Paul, Dennis and Martin before taking a look at the Black-necked Grebe which was showing well. Also seen was a Sedge Warbler with another heard calling, 7 Buzzard, 2 male Pochard and male Gadwall.
Butterflies and Dragonflies seen today were Small Tortoiseshell, Green-Veined White, Small White, Comma, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Ruddy Darter
The aftermath of the recent gales is still being accessed and Max and Dick have sent me photos of Manx Shearwaters that were found in the county recently.
The first was at Hatton Locks last Tuesday and Wednesday when taken in to care.
The second was found in a garden in or near Rugby. I don’t have the full details but its being cared for with plans to release it on the coast.
Makes you wonder how many poor unfortunates were brought in on the storms and ended up where they are not found.