Monday, 15 August 2011
WALL TO WALL BROWN.
Driving along this morning at just after 5.45 a.m. the family Grey Partridge mum, dad and five young Partridges were taking a stroll along the road by Brook Farm. Marc was already in place and after a brief chat we began our usual walk from the Towers to Cold Harbour and down to Chambers Wall and then retracing our steps. In bright sunshine we soon saw 2 of 3 Mediterranean Gulls we recorded on our walk. A group of 18 Common Terns soon passed. We also recorded 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Knot, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Little Gull including one extremely dark plumaged bird. All the usual suspects were noted, a flock of c30 Linnet, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 1 Ringed Plover, 7 Swallow, Dunlin, Turnstone, Pied Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail. It was nice to see Mr and Mrs Hindle - particularly Ann who is walking, slowly again. On returning to the Towers Marc found one of two Wall Brown butterflies which is an extremely rare butterfly - locally and nationally - so I'm told. This continues my education. Another really enjoyable session. Lets hope nothing turns up in the next 4 days as family Heath are on holiday.