Wednesday, 14 July 2010


Took the opportunity to get down to Amwell this morning, before the heavy showers got going. More a social visit to catch up on the gossip as I have not been down for a month now.
Not a great deal happening. One Chiffchaff and one Blackcap singing by the road. Few ducks visible, and most of those are in full eclipse, so looking very drab. Canada and Greylag Geese numbers increasing though. Apart from a few Lapwing, no waders-there have been a few Common and Green Sandpipers recently, and one or two Black Tail Godwits passing through. The usual Lesser Black Back lurking around, and a couple of locally bred juvenile Black Headed Gulls present-the terns are still active as well.
Despite the cloud, several Buzzard up, as well as one or two Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Up to three Hobbys are around as well.
Hirundines (mainly local Sand Martins and Swallows) high up, and several flocks of Swift flying through from time to time. One interesting thing was one Swallow coming down to the water's edge and collecting mud, presumably trying for another brood.
Not ideal weather for insects. I did see Black Tail Skimmer, Emperor, Azure Damselfly Small White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Red Admiral. Did not bother to check the dragonfly trail out today-will wait for better conditions and take my camera down.

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