Tuesday, 4 May 2010

A quiet day in the Tame valley

Northern Wheatear, Caldecote, Warks. - note how bulky this bird looks

Yellow wagtail

Brimstone, Ladywalk N.R.

Comma on Rape

Green-veined White

Orange tip

Green veined White

He approaches, she waits

Rattus norvegicus - Canal pool, K.W.P.

Tuesday 4th May 2010

The Grande Tour began at Caldecote, the 5 presumed Greenland race Wheatears were still present. Presumed on the basis that theyve been present for over a week when most 'British' Wheatears are on their breeding grounds. Shustoke res. had maybe 100 Common Swifts and a couple of House Martins. Lee Johnson had heard a couple of Lesser Whitethroats on his rounds but that was about it. I moved on to Coleshill Quarry where I spotted a single Ringed plover and Brian Kington. After coffee at a new venue for me on Gorsey Lane. Interesting concept in fine dining, the premises obviously doubled as a Greasy spoon during working hours and became an Indian restaurant in the evening.
On to Ladywalk, it was now a lovely day and the insects were making the most of it. There were swarms of Caddis and a variety of Butterfly species but not many birds apart from warblers. Coton was unremarkable. At Cliff a large rat was feeding on something not nice and 3 youths were occupying Skan hide. They'd clearly been smoking something exotic and soon left. Fortunately the new air conditioning and northerly breeze combined to disperse the odour they had created. 2 Common terns were the only birds of note. For the first week of May to only find a single wader species in the Tame valley area is surprisingly but looking at the weather map gives a bit of a clue with Northerly winds reaching as far as Spain and North Africa. So why the influx of Red rumped Swallows?

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