Visibility was a lot better than expected at the pond
this morning with Draycote Water like a milk pond allowing us to pick out 10
Teal, 6 Shoveler and 12 Gadwall among the Tufted and Mallard. There are now at
least 3 immature Shags present along farborough bank and amazingly tolerate of
us and numerous walkers until the fishing boats came out and pushed them off.
Most of the passerines were distant around the farm though a few Yellow Wagtail
were here and on farborough bank and in a three hour visit we only managed Common
Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, 5 Little Egret, and Kingfisher.
Shag and Little Egret by Bob Hazell
Shags by me
Napton on the Hill had 6 Raven, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 3
Willow Warblers and a Comma butterfly while a return to Draycote in the afternoon
produced a flurry of raptor activity with Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 6
Buzzard and a fishing Osprey which went away empty handed. Lesser Whitethroat
and Blackcap in country park along with Treecreeper plus Brimstone butterfly
and Southern Hawker.