Wednesday 26th May 2010
Visited Ryton Woods managed by the Warwickshire Wildlfe Trust and the adjacent Ryton Woods meadows, a Butterfly Conservation project. The main aim was to see a Wood White which have always eluded me in the past. I was fortunate to meet up with Mo and Terry Southgate, we eventually found a single Wood white and many other species of Butterfly on the fringes of the meadow area.
The plan was to then visit Brandon Marsh after a cup of tea at Morrisons. Half way through my cuppa I got a call from Mick Doughty about a pair of summer plummaged Black necked Grebes at Draycote Water. On arrival Draycote was strangely quiet, no birders and very few people around at all. I walked to the valve tower- no sign of the Grebes. I walked back and on to Toft, again no sign of the Black necked Grebes. Apart from the regular birds I only saw a couple of Yellow Wagtails and about 50 Common Swift. I'd got a bit of exercise which is always a good thing but it was frustrating not knowing where the birds had been seen. Its good that people take the trouble to put out information on interesting birds but at a place like Draycote with no vehicular access the information needs to be a bit more specific than just Draycote Water. Ok birds fly around but a location would give you a starting point and save a lot of shoe leather. On the drive home I saw another Hobby hawking over the junction of Nutts Lane and the A5.