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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Daventry, Borough Hill



Well, its very unseasonally warm for October and even more so when I stood in the queue at the Doctors for my Flu Jab! Once sorted, and being required to pick up Abigail in Daventry at 1230, I decided to head for Borough Hill, Daventry, on the doubtful offchance that a migrant or two might be about. It also gave me the opportunity of being harrassed by despicable owners of uncontrollable pooches, and I was not to be disappointed! The walk first of all necessitated avoidance of a multitude of varieties of dog poo (conscientious owners!), and of course to be barked at and chased, only to hear the owners praise their unleashed pooches when they had tired of me! I firmly believe that dog owners think that country parks are for their sole use, and if you don't have a dog.....................tough luck!

While walking around, I managed to locate this fungus - no idea what it is, but I liked the look of it! One suggestion was a type of breast im-plant!


Thanks to Craig Shaw, the above is a Parasol Fungi!

Similarly, I liked the look of this oak tree!



The real reason that I took the above images is because I couldn't find any birds to photograph!

Bird wise, Borough Hill has never been benevolent to me, its always a struggle, but its free to park and wander! Overhead, it was noticable that quite large numbers of Skylarks were moving through (c60) and smaller numbers of Meadow Pipits (c30). Several Green Woodpeckers called out, two Grey Herons flew over and c40 Linnets were in the rough vegetation. The woodland boundary produced three Nuthatches, two Chiffchaffs and a Coal Tit. The only other bird of note was a Wheatear that I located on a quiet bank at the end of my walk.

Wheatear










Todays Sightings:

Pheasant; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Chaffinch; Wren; Collared Dove; Great Tit; Skylark; Robin; Blue Tit; Dunnock; Kestrel; Rook; Green Woodpecker; Grey Heron; Black Headed Gull; Nuthatch; Magpie; Linnet; Meadow Pipit; Chiffchaff; LBB Gull; Wheatear; Coal Tit; Blackbird.

2 comments:

Max Silverman said...

Great Wheatear shots Kevin.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Max - was pleased as I had to shoot virtually into the sun!