This young Wheatear was in the paddock this morning before the rain. I went to the park to look for Redstarts, still no luck.
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Yellow Wagtail Ingrebourne Valley, also saw first returning Spotted Flycatcher on the path from the top paddock towards the iron bridge not far down, flying out from the first small copse flycatching would you believe it.
This is turning into a great conservation area. There is a big finch flock there already. Russell Savory is moving on with his plan for a number of habitats. The wild flower and thistle meadows are amazing. While I was driving round the path a couple of whinchats arrived and a Buzzard circled overhead. On the edge of the airfield he has some pieces of corrigated dotted about under which I found about 7 Slow Worms. A different and comfortable place.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Whinchat. Whinchat and two Wheatears in the top paddock 7.45 am, quite a way off towards the middle, but they did appear on the fence from time to time. Russ had a Grasshopper Warbler in the corner of the small paddock and the farmers field, 8.30am.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Some Yellow Wags mainly juvs starting to move through in the paddock with a number of young pieds which didn't seem to like their company. I keep hearing from different people that there seems to be a lack of everything this year. No dragonflies no butterflies no birds, or are we all imagining it.
Monday, 15 August 2011
3 Yellow Wagtails and a lone Whinchat in the Top Paddock this morning, plus a Yellowhammer in Berwick Glades. What a glorious morning, and it seemed to bring everything out.
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Hundreds of hirondelles making their way south in sporadic flocks at the moment. Saw a Reed Warbler feeding something in the reeds, now usually you see the young moving around in the reeds being fed, but I didn't see any. It makes me wonder could it be feeding a young cuckoo, it was in a cuckoo haunt.
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
This very handsome Painted Lady was one of quite a few butterflies that came out in the sun today on the riverside edge of the reserve, and the movement towards the season of "mists and mellow fruitfulness" was noted by the heavily laden berry bushes drooping with the weight of the colourful fruit.