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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

16th Sep 2015

John visited at lunch time today when there was a Spotted Flycatcher in the big hedge in the cattle field and a Wheatear . It was showing incredibly well and allowed him to be within a few meters of it when he managed to get the photo below. There was also a good passage of Meadow Pipits with a constant trickle, resulting in 20 plus birds, going over in a short time period. Also passing over were a few Siskins and Swallows.

Courtesy and copyright of John Friendship-Taylor
Later during late afternoon - early evening, John  and I visited during the onset of the extremely heavy rain. We didn't stay too long but there were some birds of note. A single Swallow fed over the reservoir but soon departed south and the Wheatear was still along the western fence line The Black-tailed Godwit was on the western bank but was spooked by a heron and flew off into the valley. There was a single Meadow Pipit that flew up from the cattle field so a few of the earlier birds must have stopped.

There has been a single juvenile Tufted Duck that has stayed around and there is a single Great Crested Grebe that seems to be settled here. This is alongside a rather large gathering of Canada Geese which most days is in the region of 75 to 85 birds.

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