Monday, August 25, 2014

Bank Holiday

A never-ending entourage of visitors to the boat over the bank holiday period has limited my birding time somewhat but I did manage a morning visit to Brandon Marsh on Saturday. One of the highlights here was the passage of around fifty or so Swifts over the fields out towards the A45, as seen from the Farm Field area. A Hobby also joined the feeding frenzy along with the odd House Martin and several Swallows.

Chiffchaff among the mixed flock.
The best the pools could throw up were a couple of Green Sandpipers but a Long-tailed Tit flock moving through the edge of Willow Wood held Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, ♂Blackcap and what looked to be a juvenile Goldcrest.

Skylark Farm Wheatear - highly cropped on friends camera
The surprise of the weekend was while having lunch at Skylark Farm on the Daventry Road when a Red Kite drifted over heading out towards Southam. As if this wasn't enough, when the friends daughter dragged me off to check out the Reindeer and play area a number of birds caught the eye flitting around the nearby paddocks. These turned out to be several Yellow Wagtail and towards the back was quite a nice Wheatear, picked up and cropped on the friends camera when it came for a closer look!