Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wednesday 24 August

Having worked on a tender for work until the early hours I took the afternoon of and used the opportunity to take the wife and dog for a walk around the reservoir. I got off to a good start with a juvenile Little Ringed Plover on the west shore closely followed by a couple of Common Sandpiper. I couldn’t see the Wigeon or Teal but there was a single Shoveler and around 20 Gadwall.

The area surrounding the small pool has always been best on autumn passage and so it proved again today with the highlight being my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year (for Shustoke). There were a lot of Chiffchaff and the family part of Whitethroat were in the same bush with the young all bunched together being fed by the male.

Also connected with a Tit flock containing around a dozen Chiffs by the edge of the sailing club. With a lot of rain forecast for tonight hopefully it will get even better.

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