My shift rotas have not coincided favourably with my daughters Daventry based music lessons so this was my first visit this year. The county park needs you.........................but only if you own a dog (uncontrollable and off the leash preferred), are very loud and communicate over at least a mile, wobble on your bicycle very slowly so that you nearly fall off into the bush where I am trying to photograph a Garden Warbler, and jog making the noise heard on Zulu! Water levels were the highest I have ever seen, in some parts nearly reaching the footpath and very little present in the way of birds. In all a good couple of hours.......................I don't think! Might now give this reservoir a miss until the winter!
Standing on the dam, trying to photograph the Common Terns, along it came, the dog from hell. This dog had the audacity to try and wee on my tripod! Had I have been quicker, it would never had wee'd again as it would have been minus its tackle! Oh, sorry, said the owner, he's just being friendly. Friendly??? So, if I wee on your shoes then, you wont complain, becase I am just being friendly? Later, another pampoured pooch was seen........................swimming with its ball and giving the signal for another three dogs to join it! Maybe this is why the water held very little!
Birds included Common Tern (9), Buzzard (5), Hobby (my first for the year) (4), Sparrowhawk (1), a Kingfisher (1) making at least four trips from bank to bank, Garden Warbler (4), Shoveler (1) and Gadwall (5). A complete list at the end of this post.
Me after a night shift? - Carrion Crow
Todays Sightings 0915 - 1200:
Wood Pigeon; Wren; Great Tit; Chaffinch; Chiifchaff; Blackcap; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Magpie; Robin; Coot; Garden Warbler; Bullfinch; Great Crested Grebe; Moorhen; Jackdaw; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Canada Goose; Song Thrush; Mute Swan; Blue Tit; Gadwall; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Buzzard; Common Tern; Sparrowhawk; Green Woodpecker; Pied Wagtail; Willow Warbler; Hobby; Kingfisher; Shoveler; Goldfinch.