Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Friday, 20 September 2013

A Quiet Morning at Napton on the Hill and Napton Reservoir

Raven Aerial Combat!

I couldn't really decide where to go this morning, so I gave Napton on the Hill a visit. Arriving just after first light, I walked up to the windmill in order to look down on the old brick quarry. New fencing has been erected throughout the area, and a new picnic table and bench has been placed by the "Royal Observer Corps" plaque. It was colder than I thought and a keen westerly wind did its best to annoy me! After a while, this deer appeared, which I have seen before, but don't know if it's wild, captive or escaped.

A number of Buzzards were calling and mobbed by the local corvids for their troubles.

Apart from several Ravens, very little else was seen, so I returned to the churchyard where again it was quite quiet, but I managed to locate a mixed tit flock which included a number of Chiffchaff.

Long Tailed Tit


A walk down towards the horse paddocks did not deliver anything exciting. As I was about to relocate to Napton Reservoir, Paul C and Martin S arrived, I hope they did better than me!

 Napton  Reservoir was quite busy with bank fishermen, dog walkers and of course, the sun light was in my face! Again, not a lot about with a Grey Wagtail at the outlet and a Great Crested Grebe feeding its "stripey" offspring, being the best!

Great Crested Grebe

Overhead, Ravens "honked" with at least 12 birds being seen, a couple of which, entertained with "aerial combat skills"!


douglas mcfarlane said...

Great images Kevin, really liked the one of the Buzzard with the farm/building in the background.

Kevin Groocock said...

Thank you.

Mike Attwood said...

Busy morning Kevin.

Kevin Groocock said...

Indeed but all local!

Linda said...

Glorious captures, Kevin.

Kevin Groocock said...

Thank you Linda.