TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
Yes, one word to describe my day out - pretty dire
The wind had switched to the Northwest, pegging temperatures back to about 61 degrees. It remained dry and was part cloudy.
WILSTONE RESERVOIR, TRING (HERTS)
Arrived on site to hear about a MARSH HARRIER over the reedbed last Friday (7 September), present from 1705-1715 before flying off south......
Walked around to the hide where I was intrigued to find that all of my information and bird sighting book had been removed from the hide - by whom I do not know. Furthermore, vegetation was so thick and dense in front of the hide that it was not possible to see the emerging bund......
Anyhow, it was Little Egrets and wildfowl that had arrived since my last visit - just 2 of the former and a single NORTHERN PINTAIL for its second day highlighting the latter.....
The rollcall included 32 Mute Swans, 217 Mallard, 8 Eurasian Wigeon, 56 Common Teal, 7 Gadwall, 33 Shoveler, 27 Tufted Duck and 17 Northern Pochard, with 8 Great Crested Grebes and 406 Coot completing the counts.
There was little sign of summer, with 7 Sand Martins through, along with 35 House Martins, and a Common Chiffchaff in the overflow hedgerow. A single scolding Sedge Warbler was in the vegetation in front of the hide.
IVINGHOE HILLS (BUCKS)
A complete waste of time. Walked the circuit and saw next to zilch - 7 Meadow Pipits and 3 Yellowhammers - devoid of migrants
FLAUNDEN VILLAGE (HERTS)
A pocket of sunlit hedgerows and fields had attracted 30 European Barn Swallows close to the village
Tomorrow's Just Another Day.......