They're Back! Fishing has re-started and the dreadful flies! I will leave you to decide which are worse, but for me it has to be the flies! At one point, I was covered, head to toe, and could not see more than a few yards!
A very warm day with a keen easterly breeze and hazy sunshine greeted my arrival as I walked the perimeter. I was pleased to see that House Martins were back investigating traditional nest sites on the old boathouse, but this has now become the fishing lodge and disturbance has increased. I wonder how the Martins will fair? At least five Yellow Wagtails and two Wheatear were along Farborough Bank and a single Dunlin flew towards the visitor centre. Several Garden Warblers sang out with the Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in Toft Shallows until the arrival of a Sparrowhawk! Grays Barn held a single Willow Tit. A Common Sandpiper was near the inlet and Rainbow Corner had a drake Shoveler. Having walked the perimeter, I met up with Bob H and Richard M for a chat on Farborough Bank. While with them, eleven Black Terns came out of no-where but remained in the centre of the reservoir.
Proud Mum - Mallard
Rook; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Willow Warbler; Carrion Crow; Wren; Chaffinch; Robin; Great Tit; House Martin; Tufted Duck; Little Ringed Plover; Coot; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Song Thrush; Pied Wagtail; Great Crested Grebe; Yellow Wagtail; Mute Swan; Chiffchaff; Wheatear; Dunnock; Dunlin; Canada Goose; Skylark; Cormorant; Jackdaw; Gadwall; Blackcap; Magpie; Blue Tit; Garden Warbler; Green Woodpecker; Sparrowhawk; Swallow; Willow Tit; Starling; Common Gull; Moorhen; LBB Gull; Pheasant; Common Sandpiper; Yellowhammer; Shoveler; Teal; Greenfinch; Buzzard; Whitethroat; Linnet; Black Tern.