Before the storms this morning a Cormorrant was seen flying W, 2 Grey Heron were noisly calling, as they circled to the rear of Morrisons. Herring Gull's and Black- headed Gull's all flew E .
In Area 4 adjacent to Smiths Walk the balancing pond is currently still flooded. This has meant that some water birds have now taken up residence. Whilst watching early this morning between 06:30 and 07:30, Mallard with ducklings , at least 3 Coot and a pair of Moorhen were all seen. The highlight for me and a first for the Emm was a Little Grebe briefly seen diving for food. A Swift was swooping and picking insects off the water. A Buzzard was chased from the adjacent trees by a Carrion Crowand 2 Red Kite were riding the thermals above the pond
A FOTEB walk aroud Area 1 ( Heath lake and Gorrick Woods this afternoon was very productive, a total of 25 birds were heard and seen. Highlights were Grey Heron flying from the island , a Grey Wagtail feeding in the outlet from the pond. Mute Swan with cygnets. Buzzard and Green Woodpecker were heard in Gorrick Woods.
In Area 10 at the Lavells Lake car park field, families of Swallows were seen alighting on the telegraph wires by Fraser Cottington. He managed to get this picture of a juvenille.
The biggest goup of Swifts seen in Area 5 so far ,with a noisy 20+ screaming in the skies over my house.
Young Starlings are currenty, noisly flying around Area 5 and frequently visiting my garden feeders, eating anything that they can find.
In Area 4 at the flooded Balancing Pond near Smiths Walk are Mallard , Coot and Moorhen have all breed succesfully and all can currently be seen with with young, swimming across the pond.
Swift numbers reached 6 this afternoon over Area 5.
At 22:00 in Gorrick Wood Plantation (Area 1), 2Nightjar , but probably 3 were heard churring by Peter Kendall. They were also seen in flight.
Sitting out in my Area 5 garden this morning paid dividends with a Swift swooping through at treetop level and a fly over Oystercatcher heading NW. I was alerted to its presence by its distinctive loud peep-ing call
Area 5 behind Morrison’s and Area 8 off Old Forest Road were visited early this morning. Area 8 is mostly grassland with nearby fields of crops. This proves ideal for Skylark and 2 were singing high in the sky. Several Whitethroat were singing from the field hedgerows along with Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Area 5 produced a total of 30 species highlights were, Coal Tit and a female Bullfinch. A Buzzard was being pursued by 3 noisy Carrion Crow. At 19:50, Paul Bright-Thomas had 2 Common Tern fly SE over his Area 4 garden and 2 Grey Heron flying back and forth along the Emmbrook.