Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Draycote Water this morning

More images of The Island Draycote Water

With many birders chasing rare birds around the country, I ended up at Draycote Water on a pleasant, sunny morning, but a cooling south westerly blow. The day was to prove rather exasperating with a lot of disturbance from the fishermen who seemed intent to drive their boats into any area that birds were sheltering and I was observing! One fisherman decided to park his boat virtually on the Farborough Spit - result = everything flies! Another parked just off the island - result = everything flies! Several then head into Toft - result = everything flies. At least six then head into Rainbow Corner - result = everything flies!

The reason why very little was found on Farborough Spit

The reason why very little was found in Rainbow Corner

Marie Celeste? This boat was found at anchor, with two active rods, just off the outlet. But where was the fisherman? No sign. Had he fallen overboard? No - he was asleep on the bottom of the boat!

Now, I firmly believe that everyone should be able to enjoy their activities without prejudicing others. So, I feel violated that the fishermen have the advantage of prejudicing my enjoyment, so what can I do about it? Well, I may place an order for one of these:

ResortSub in the Canary Islands

What fun tangling / cutting lines, ramming the boats or even a torpedo!

As you may have guessed, photographic opportunities were rather limited!

Bird wise, rather quiet! Around the water were eight Dunlin, ten Ringed Plovers, and a Ruff on the island. Three Rock Pipits were at Farborough Spit and two Swallows flew along Farborough Bank. The outlet held two Shoveler, a Grey Wagtail flew along Hensborough Bank. Raptors included a Kestrel and five Buzzards.

Todays Sightings:

Robin; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Chaffinch; Wren; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Mute Swan; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard; Grey Heron; Wigeon; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Pied Wagtail; LBB Gull; Magpie; GBB Gull; Meadow Pipit; Blackbird; Dunlin; Ringed Plover; Reed Bunting; Dunnock; Chiffchaff; Linnet; Rock Pipit; Rook; Teal; Jackdaw; Dabchick; Green Woodpecker; Ruff; Shoveler; Pochard; Kestrel; Moorhen; Gadwall; Blue Tit; Skylark; Pheasant; Buzzard; Long Tailed Tit; Grey Wagtail; House Sparrow; Swallow.


Max Silverman said...

Had the same problem on Friday Kevin.There were 3 boats pretty well beached on the Spit.

Kevin Groocock said...

Do you want to go halves on the submarine?

Andrew Haynes said...


when I wandered up to the spit on Friday , there was a couple sunbathing on the spit next too the water , towels out .

So I know where your coming fround , may be ground to air missiles as well for land based targets :0)

Kevin Groocock said...

LoL Andrew! I've also seen a sailing boat park on the island and all its crew walk around it for 20mins! No thought for all the birds that of course took to flight and left the island barren for a long time after they had left.