Monday, 15 August 2011


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.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Phil, Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to following yours, especially as you begin around 5.30 in the morning which is a time of day I haven't seen for years! Cheers, Rob