Sunday 22nd August 2010
Did an earlyish walk around Waste Hill, Legion wood and Grendon Common this morning.
I interupt this account with a blood curdling scream having just heard the final score from St James Park (Aston Villa were 'playing' Newcastle United) - what is going on. Sorry but it'll take me a while to get over a 6-0 stuffing.
Ok, I've composed myself. Birds of the day were undoubtedly a couple of Spotted Flycatchers near the car parking spot next to Legion wood, near Grendon. Not too many other birds though except the resident Nuthatch and Green Woodpeckers. Saw my first Painted Lady of the year and a few Migrant Dragonflies.
Covered the same ground again early evening one Spot Fly was still about but much further in and associating with a mixed flock of tits and Willow/Chaffs. There was no sign of the Redstart and Whinchat seen earlier in the week but the area is well worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks as the partly wooded ridge clearly has some attraction for migrating birds.