Friday, 14 April 2017

Draycote Water & Daventry CP :: 08 April 2017

Wanted to catch up with the black-necked grebes so I decided to have a go at Draycote Water. Charlotte had been struggling to get her walking distance up so joined me for an early start. SkylarkFrom photographs earlier in the week the birds had been spotted from Rainbow Corner, round Draycote Bank to the valve tower. Chiffchaff were quite vocal and showed high in trees. Large numbers of great crested grebe on the water but no sign of BN.

Bumped into Helen and Gerry on the way out. On the return we spotted a pair of red-legged partridge in a field adjoining the park. Joining them were three skylark, chasing one another around a foot off the ground, occasionally stalling and dropping into the vegetation. 3.2 miles, a nice walk, met friends, but no BNGs. Consoled ourselves with a hot chocolate and coffee at the Visitors Centre.

Reports of another BN grebe at Daventry CP so we decided to make for there. TreecreeperParked up and started an anticlockwise circuit. Good views of long-tailed tit, chiffchaff, blackcap and treecreeper but no BN grebe. It appears that it was not visible from the path but was near the dam (SW corner) along with RN grebe. Time was short so didn't backtrack to find it (5.8 miles in total for Charlotte).

Sightings at Draycote (26) included: black-headed gull, blackbird, blue tit, canada goose, carrion crow, chaffinch, chiffchaff, coot, cormorant, dunnock, gadwall, great crested grebe, jackdaw, magpie, mallard, red-legged partridge, reed bunting, robin, rook, skylark, tufted duck and woodpigeon.

Sightings at Daventry CP (24) included: black-headed gull, blackbird, blackcap, canada goose, carrion crow, chaffinch, common tern, coot, cormorant, great crested grebe, great tit, greylag goose, herring gull, jackdaw, lesser black-backed gull, long-tailed tit, magpie, mallard, mute swan, robin, treecreeper, tufted duck, woodpigeon and wren.

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