NAPTON ON THE HILL WEATHER

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Brief Update

Well I've been back out since Friday afternoon but shortly after mooring I managed to break a tooth which hasn't really put me in the best of moods over the weekend! No visits to Brandon since working there on Thursday, which I have to say was extremely quiet on the birding front. I've just stayed close to my current mooring feeling sorry for myself over the rest of the weekend using the boat as my hide.

The farmer has now ploughed the fields opposite which has produced a good selection of Gulls to keep an eye on, nothing beyond the norm yet though but Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard have also been hanging around too. A nice flock of about 50 Linnet with Goldfinch mingled in are in the trees nearby, making constant sortie's to the fields and Yellowhammer are in full song almost all day. In the nearby bramble and Hawthorn while having breakfast I've picked out Whitethroat, Wren, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Green Finch and Sedge Warbler, plus what I think was a bank Vole, a Red-legged Partridge briefly raised it head earlier too but I haven't had any good views thus far. I've also managed two Raven and a Tawny Owl has been close by calling in the late evening, a Piperstrelle Bat has also been buzzing us just after sunset.

A mystery visitor keeps deciding to pay us a visit in the early hours and can be heard scurrying across the roof having a scratch at our log pile, two attempts to discover our visitor have proved unsuccessful!