Monday, 29 July 2013
Negative on Redstarts and Wood Sand
MONDAY 29 JULY
Continuing warm at around 22 degrees C but much fresher with SW winds. Some violent storms in the area, leading to localised flash flooding.
Had a good look around the farmland at ROWSHAM (BUCKS) but failed to locate any Common Redstarts (1-2 have been reported here lately including an adult male) - just Green Woodpecker, 3 Common Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer and 28 Barn Swallows noted.
Similarly at GALLOWS BRIDGE BBOWT (BUCKS), could not locate the Wood Sandpiper present there over the past two days but 3 Sedge Warblers and 4 Yellow Wagtails.
Meanwhile, my first visit to TRING RESERVOIRS (HERTS) in over a month resulted in a family party of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS being seen in MARSWORTH WOOD. Goldcrests have bred successfully too with a family thereabouts, whilst the reservoir itself held 11 Great Crested Grebes, 74 Mallard and a family party of 4 Coot. A lot of Western Reed Warbler activity in the reeds by the sluice.
On neighbouring STARTOP'S, 7 Little Egrets on the mud, with 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swans, 66 Mallard and 79 Coot on the reservoir; TRINGFORD held just 18 Lapwing and the 7 Mute Swans (adults with 5 surviving cygnets)