Saturday, 29 May 2010

RED-FOOT in the rain and showing very well

The first-summer male RED-FOOTED FALCON in Cemetery Corner (Dave Bilcock, top two, and Ben Miller, bottom)


It has been raining all morning but despite that, the first-summer male RED-FOOTED FALCON has been showing exceptionally well roosting and sheltering in the smaller of the two isolated Hawthorns in the field to the SE of Wilstone Reservoir just 50 yards from the Cemetery. It was still there at 1300 hours when I last visited. Dave Bilcock and Ben Miller obtained some excellent images (see above).

Otherwise, Wilstone was just covered in hundreds of Common Swifts.

At Marsworth Reservoir, the sole surviving RED-CRESTED POCHARD chick was feeding well in reeds by the overflow, the COMMON CUCKOO was calling from trees behind the sewage works, a male Common Chiffchaff was singing from the wood and both WESTERN REED WARBLER (6+) and Reed Bunting (singing male) were in the reedbed. Overflying and hawking over the reservoir were 18 House Martins and 25 European Barn Swallows. One pair of Coot were attending 5 newly fledged chicks.

13 Mute Swans were present on Startop's End (Lee G R Evans)

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