Paul Bright Thomas saw 30 Swallow flying S in small groups over Area 4. In Area 6 , 3 Red Kite were spiraling over Clifton Road . Meanwhile, in Area 7 a Buzzard was riding the thermals.
It looks as if the month will end as it started with Kingfisher seen flying downstream under Dragonfly Bridge in Area 5 at 07:35 . A Chiffchaff and Green Woodpeckers were also seen. Meanwhile back at Area 4, Paul Bright Thomas had a Hobby over and there was several Swallow heading S over his garden. In Area 10 Lavells Lake Car Park field a juvenille Redstart was found by Brian Bennett. Fraser Cottington had 6 Yellow Wagtail overhead.
With hirundines cleary on the move back to their wintering grounds, Paul Bright Thomas saw a House Martin , 2 Swallow and a Swift in Area 4.,
Before the rain really started, I visited the Area 10 Lavells Lake Car Park field in the hope of catching up with some return migration. The only visible movement was approx 100+ Swallows, feeding and going S overhead.
During the Balsam pulling in Area 5 a Kingfisher was seen (by some ) flying upstream by Woosehill Roundabout. In the Area 10 Lavells Lake Car Park field today , Richard Marsh et al had 3 Spotted Flycatcher on and around the big Hawthorn at the bottom of the field..
Area's 4 & 5 were the place to be this morning with a Whitethroat and a male and female Blackcap seen feeding in the bushes behind Morrisons. Paul Bright Thomas in Area 4 had a Bullfinch , 2 Rook over SE, 2 Swallow and a Swift low S. Also seen was a Coal Tit and later in the morning another Swift was seen feeding over the balancing pond for 10 mins.
In the Area 10 Lavells Lake Car Park , Fraser Cottington had 3 Whitethroat , 5 Swift , 1 Grey Wagtail and after some time and a second loop of the car park field a Spotted Flycatcher on the big Hawthorn. But after a few minutes the bird was flushed by a dog walker and not relacated. A Hobby was also seen.
In Area 10 Brian Bennett saw a Spotted Flycatcher briefly in an Oak tree alongside the Emm by the Black Swan Lake sailing compound.
Paul Bright Thomas heard a Kingfisher calling as it flew along the Emm in Area 4 near Kingfisher Bridge. A Willow Warbler was also heard calling nearby. In Area 10, Fraser Cottington had
an adult Hobby over the Area 10 Lavells Lake Car Park low NW at 10:43 and a couple of Whitethroat were on the Hawthorn on the edge of the field.
Heading south over Area 8 today were several Swallow .
A single Linnet flew over Fraser Cottinton and Brian Bennett in the Area 10 Lavells Lake Car Park heading SE at 10:30, the first record since May. Also plenty of House Martins were overhead.
Reported today that a Kingfisher flew from the Emm and perched on the bench by Ripplestream Bridge in Area 5 before flying off downstream.
The Balsam bashing on the Emm, was in Area 3 (Molly Millars Lane) today. Walking up the Emm produced a Grey Wagtail and a brief sighting of a Kingfisher near the bridge by Oakey Drive.At 20:30 this evening 12 nosily calling Canada Geese flew over Area 5 probably towards Windmill Pond.
The highlights of today’s serendipitous wanderings along the Emm produced a Juvenile Bullfinch in Area 5 and a Juvenile Grey Wagtail in the river at Kingfisher Bridge in Area 4.
Time was spent this morning at the still flooded Area 4 balancing pond, near Smiths Walk. Water birds have made good use of this temporary expanse of water and Moorhen, Coot and Mallards have all succesfully bred and are currenltly raising young. This morning a Little Grebe was also present. A record shot was taken before it dived. The trees on the banks had both Willow Warrbler and Chlffchaff feeding on insects. Also present were a family of Long tailed Tits.
Fraser Cottington was in the Area 10 Lavells Lake Car Park field this morning and had
a Mistle Thrush over SE. A trickle of House Martin going SE and 2-3 Bullfinch about.
3 Swift were seen flying over the Area 10 Lavells Lake Car Park field by Fraser Cottington.
Paul Bright Thomas was out early in his Area 4 garden and had a Chiffchaff and 3 Swift over. A Chiffchaff was also heard calling near Dragonfly bridge.
Flying up from the weir pool near Woosehill Roundabout, was a Grey Wagtail calling as it flew across the Spine Road. A Sparrowhawk flew from the rear of Windmill School, carrying prey.
A good start to the month with a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher seen very appropriately near Kingfisher Bridge in Area 4 at 07:50 . Richard Marsh saw 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Green Woodpeckers in the Lavells Lake Car Park field off Sandford Lane, adjacent to the Emm. Meanwhile back at Area 4, Paul Bright Thomas had a solitary Swift over and a Goldcrest moving through his garden.