Sunday, 22 September 2013

Plodding along over the same old ground

Early morning mist cleared quickly as we walked out to farborough spit but all we managed to see was a 7 Wigeon, Yellow Wagtail, Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper. A chat like species seen distantly on toft bank was unfortunately flushed by a procession of cyclist and runners and never specifically identified despite searching for it when we got closer.
Napton on the Hill had a continuous movement of Swallows heading south occasionally joining the local birds over the village below us plus thirteen Cormorant and a Yellow Wagtail heading south west. Of the 15 Ravens counted only 2 were distant and there were at least 10 Buzzards present. Three Chiffchaffs heard and a Willow Warbler showed well in the churchyard.
The water level continues to rise at Napton Reservoir so apart from a juvenile Great-crested Grebe demanding the attention of its parents all we found was a Teal.

Plenty of Speckled Wood and Comma’s butterflies seen today plus Ruddy Darter and Migrant Hawker dragonflies.

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