Thursday, November 01, 2012

Soggy & Sodden

What follows is the regular morning tweet from Meteo-Group for Birmingham and Coventry: 01/11/12 - Sunshine and showers, heavy at times during the morning. Cold. Max 8c Wind W 11mph Chance of precip: 90% Min 2c. Huh! Well I can tell you it was raining when I arrived at Brandon at 8am and it was still raining non-stop when I finally decided to call it a day around noon! Sunshine 0%.

Napton Reservoir
A Barn Owl which flew across Brandon Lane as I was arriving for a morning on the chain-saw was the only highlight on a really soggy and sodden day! After drying off with a bowl of chips and a hot coffee in the nature centre with Dave Evans, my apprentice chain-saw operator ;) I decided to stop off at Napton Reservoir for a stroll now that the sun had suddenly decided to show itself!

I'm delighted to see that after keeping the water level at extreme levels over the summer months the powers that be have finally decided to restock the canal system. This now means that gorgeous sections of muddy areas have now appeared and it wasn't long before a scan of these new areas started yielding results. 20 Snipe were feeding happily around the edges, a lone Grey Heron was fishing and a couple of Water Rail fed openly during my 90 minute stint.

Napton GC Grebe Taken In The Summer!
Wave after wave of Fieldfare were constantly chattering overhead and now outnumber the Redwing by a country mile. Unusually no Siskin or Redpoll to be found during my stay but Linnet, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Robin and Chaffinch were all recorded, plus a lone Green Woodpecker.

The water contained around (250+) Canada Geese , (60+) Widgeon, (25) Shoveler, (4) Teal, (8) Great-crested Grebe and (4) Little Grebe. The usual hoards of Coot and Black-headed Gull were also present along with around a dozen Common Gull.