Yesterday saw our first visit in a couple of years, to what was one of most profitable locations. Unfortunately, it has been badly scarred. In recent years more & more ugly modern houses have been built on a floodplain, and the houses have covered a wild scrubby area which was replete with Whitethroats & other Warblers. This area has been completely covered over & because of the housing the nearby wilderness area has also been dug up as drastic flood defences are now being constructed to protect building which never have been put there. This wilderness was an outstanding area for wildlife, but now the wild area is severely constricted.
Despite the carnage the am group heard two reeling Grasshopper Warblers. We didn't see the birds, but Maurice's pic from this location can be seen below. Along the path we saw Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, a Sedge Warbler, and large flocks of young Greenfinches, Linnets and Goldfinches,. We saw several juvenile Herons, and 3 Cormorants, and plenty of non-breeding Mute Swans. There were several insects, but not as many as before the changes began. The best insect was a Black-tailed Skimmer, but it whizzed away across a lake before its picture could be taken. onr surprise was a pair, of Turtle Doves, which flew in to some bushes, and it is to be hoped they manage to breed successfully before their nesting area is destroyed by the changes!