In Area 8 this afternoonin Blistering heat a pair of Whitethroat were in and out of a Bramble bush. A male Blackcap was singing by the riverand a Chiffchaff was calling nearby.
In Area 5 this morning I was standing on Ripplestream bridge when the Kingfisher flew upstream along the Emm into Area 4. Fraser Cottington was out and about in Area 10, early this morning and saw a sleeping Barn Owl in the box in Lavells Lake field.
This morning in Area 5 at 07:00, 2 Ring necked Parakeets flew over my garden calling.
This mornings walk around Areas 4 & 5 showed results of a good breeding season so far, on and around the Emm Brook. Seen were juvenilles of Blue Tit, Great Tit & Long tailed Tit also seen were juvenilles of Robin, Blackbird, Blackcap & Song Thrush .
A pair of Mistle Thrush , and several Great spotted Woodpeckers were also seen.
This morning Swift numbers had swelled to 14 over Area 5. They were feeding and screaming high over my garden.
Swifts were back over Area 5 at lunchtime
During a quick lunchtime visit ,Fraser Cottington saw a Kestrel hovering over the landfill to the rear of the car park field in Area 10
In Area 5 this morning a pair of Great spotted Woodpecker were seen on a telegraph pole in Brookside .
Over Area 5 this morning in overcast skies at least 8 Swift were seen. In Area10 (Dinton Pastures)over the car park field 3 Red Kite were circling on the thermals, a Little Egret and Grey Heron .
In Area 8 at lunchtime a family of Whitethroats were moving through the bushes calling.
A lunch time walk around the footpaths in Area 2 (To the rear of Tescoís) produced the expected farmland birds with Rook, numerous Jackdaws, Magpies, a Green Woodpecker, a large flock of Starlings, a solitary Swallow and a pair of Linnetts.
In Area 5 to the rear of Morrisons this morning was a female Pheasant running for cover.
A visit to Area 1 and Heath Lake produced the following on the Lake, a pair of Mute Swan, Moorhen, Coot with young a Great crested Grebe,2male and a female Pochard, Canada Goose and Mallards of varying descriptions.
In Area 1 a pair of Lapwing was engaging in a pre-mating display. This usually consists of, amazing aerobatic displays comprising zigzagging flight, rolls and dives.
A fairly quick lunchtime visit to Area 9 and Blackberry Gardens produced a calling Chiffchaff a family of Long tailed Tits and a pair of Collared Dove
In Area 10 this afternoon a male and female Bullfinch were flying across the car park field , a male Blackcap seemed to be feeding a family of atleast 4 and 2 Oystercatcher flew over the Emm noisly calling. By the Multi Activity Centre beach a family party of Canada Goose were strolling about, whilst at least a 100 + Swift were over Black Swan Lake and the Emm Brook in the wind.