Having had a serious rethink about my Blog, promulgated by some concerned followers, I have decided to continue it, in its present format. For those who have criticised me / it, remember that it is my Blog, that I share for the enjoyment of all.
Today, I visited Draycote Water, parking in Thurlaston, as I arrived at 0600. This enabled me to walk the perimeter without too much disturbance, hoping that yesterdays Roseate Tern might still be holding on. Of course it wasn't - leaving me smarting that I received no messages of its presence yesterday, and only found out when I looked on RBA website. Maybe I am learning the difference between being accepted or just being tolerated in the local birding cliques.
Not a bad birding day with 56 bird species (complete list at end of post) being seen, despite the dull and misty morning. Of note, was the sheer number of Swifts and Hirundines, literally thousands, in the trees, on the rocks and of course in the air. Warblers were in full song, with Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and year ticks of Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. Waders included three Common Sandpipers by the inlet and two mobile Oystercatchers. Wheatears numbered seven, in various locations. Ten Common Scoters were in the centre, as were seven Common Terns. Raptors included Kestrel and Buzzard. A single Whimbrel flew over Toft Bay but failed to make land due to the bank fishermen.
On my way home, a Hobby was on a fence post in a field on the approach to Dunchurch.
Great Crested Grebe (with lunch!)
Magpie; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Carrion Crow; Rook; Jackdaw; Greenfinch; Collared Dove; Robin; Starling; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Wren; Tufted Duck; Great Tit; Canada Goose; Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Chaffinch; Mute Swan; Reed Bunting; LBB Gull; Swallow; Coot; Yellowhammer; Black Headed Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Swift; House Martin; Sand Martin; Greylag Goose; Moorhen; Mallard; Oystercatcher; Mistle Thrush; Wheatear; Pheasant; Skylark; Gadwall; Teal; Willow Warbler; Common Sandpiper; Garden Warbler; Cormorant; Long Tailed Tit; Common Tern; Common Scoter; Keatrel; Buzzard; Whimbrel; Lesser Whitethroat.
Near Dunchurch - Hobby.