Sunday, 22 August 2010


Popped down to the hide at Wilstone to look for the male COMMON REDSTART in the Hide Meadow. Mike and Rose were there already and although it was quite elusive at times Mike and I managed to see it well. While walking round I heard a commotion from over the reservoir and was surprised to see an OSPREY being mobbed by common Terns and BHGs etc. It flew south over the reservoir but eventually turned south-west and head over the field and into Bucks on a course parallel with the escarpment.

A quick visit to the hide yielded views of the Black-necked Grebe and Garganey and also the newly exposed bank in front of the hide – just in time for a WWBT to stand on should one turn up in late August. Although September would be preferred by me as I have never seen one there in that month (Roy Hargreaves).

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