Friday, 8 July 2011
Got a call today from Roger with the news of 5 Blackwits flying over the lake which I got onto just as they went down on 100 acre. After work I went for a stroll and found them still on the beds. Also 25 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank and 20+ Lapwing. The other chaps also had Dunlin and LRP today so all seeming rather much like autumn now.
Seems to be plenty of Swifts about in the evenings with at least 300-400. Very few House Martins- only 3-4 birds remaining from the once fairly healthy local population. Sand Martins are still around too.
A couple of tit and warbler flocks about- Chiffchaff, Blackcap in with mixed tits and I noticed a family party of Sedge Warbler on the edge of the Southern Lake.
The Great Crested Grebe (becoming a bit of rarity nowadays) also still present on the Southern Lake.
2 Peregrines (at least 1 juv), 1 Hobby and 1 Little Egret.