Friday, 29 April 2016

Draycote Water :: 29 April 2016

Left work early to make a quick circuit of Draycote Water. It was a bit chilly Wheatearwith a stiff breeze but on arrival was quite sunny; at various times the rain threatened but didn't come to anything.

An amazing number of swifts have arrived and have joined the swallows and housemartins to feast on the flies along the banks of the reservoir. At Toft Bay I was remembering the last time I saw a treecreeper on the site, only for one to drop into view.

Approaching the Valve Tower two common sandpipers flew off towards Biggin Bay. Shortly after I had whinchat, wheatear and more sightings of common sandpipers. Spotted the tree sparrows in their usual place by the feeding tables and finally a green woodpecker to round off the visit.

A great way to finish the working week. Treecreeper

Sightings today (47) included: house martin, mallard, canada goose, great-crested grebe, swift, pied wagtail, yellow wagtail, carrion crow, coot, mute swan, linnet, white wagtail, blue tit, swallow, goldfinch, grey wagtail, black-headed gull, common gull, lesser black-backed gull, tufted duck, dunnock, kestrel, jackdaw, rook, teal, woodpigeon, blackcap, bullfinch, magpie, blackbird, moorhen, greenfinch, wren, chaffinch, long-tailed tit, treecreeper, robin, great tit, starling, chiffchaff, buzzard, common sandpiper, greylag goose, wheatear, tree sparrow, pheasant and green woodpecker. 

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