⛅17C Monday 7th August 2017
~ Stayed on the local patch today, beginning at Napton-on-the-Hill and then a good trawl of the marina grounds later in the afternoon.
|One of eleven Spotted Flycatchers on the patch today!|
I checked the usual hotspots at Napton and was amazed to come across eleven Spotted Flycatchers i
n total! I'm certain of two families but purely down to the distance of each group I wouldn't be surprised if there were actually three.
|Common Buzzard ~ One of the local birds|
Quite a bit of Buzzard
activity with youngsters circling overhead calling constantly, but unusually no sign of any local Ravens
today. During my walk a good passage of Swifts
overhead, already on their way back south and who can blame them, what a pants summer!
A large oak tree yielded a very vocal Nuthatch
and at least two Green Woodpeckers
were active. Common Whitethroat
, Willow Warbler
of note around the church grounds before I headed off to the post office for coffee and cake!
|House Martin during the feeding frenzy!|
Fully refreshed what greeted me back at the marina was a hive of birding activity! Firstly, I noticed at least 100+ House Martins
along the phone wires and in the treeline. Then, as I continued my walk along the west bank it appeared that an insect irruption had brought in various numbers of Long-tailed Tits
, Willow Warblers
and had even drawn out the Reed Warblers
|Long-tailed Tit enjoying the bugfest|
The local House Sparrows
were also having a field day and even a half dozen Pied Wagtails
were in on the act!
|One of a number of Willow Warbler|
Later in the evening a Barn Owl
, now frequently being seen around the grounds was active once more and the local Tawny Owls
are occasionally beginning to call.