The strong wind made things very difficult yesterday. Both sessions saw the Red-necked Grebe, but it was difficult to see on the choppy water, and it appeared to be less confiding. There were plenty of Swifts over the water in the morning & afternoon, but the Kingfisher only whizzed over the lake for the am session. There were at least 2 pairs of Yellowhammers nesting just by the side of the path, and we had a brief glimpse of what was probably a Tree Pipit. Parties of Linnets kept flying overhead, but decent perched views were hampered by the strong wind. Unusually, we failed to hear a single Cuckoo, and although we saw a Kestrel, there was no sign of a Hobby. A coinfiding Pied Wagtail enlivened the pm session, and numbers of Tiger beetles grew in the afternoon. Thre were plenty of damsel & dragonflies, but these were only found in the sheltered areas directly adjacent to the tree line. The 6 Ringed Plovers spotted by Rosamund on the way back were a big bonus. Hoping this wind will soon die down, especially for Wednesday's Puffin cruise!
Red-Necked Grebe (c) 2011 David Tasker