Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A very tired little SWALLOW

Heavy rain through the night resulted in localised flooding for some by dawn. The rain then stopped - to be replaced by strong, gusty SW winds and very mild temperatures for the time of year.

The conditions were thus to halt the migration of this tired EUROPEAN BARN SWALLOW - one of two at Startop's End this afternoon....

A WATER PIPIT was also commuting between here and Wilstone, the latter reservoir yielding 17 PINTAIL, 207 EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, 698 Lapwing, the 5 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS and 2 juvenile RUFF.

Pipits-a-plenty: today's WATER followed by a MEADOW and the SCANDINAVIAN ROCK from Sunday (Dave Hutchinson)

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