26th August 2010
With strong winds and persistant rain conditions seemed perfect for a bit of training for a forthcoming visit to the Shetland Isles. So with wellies, waterproof, flat 'at and misted up bins I set off to walk a section of the Coventry Canal between Nuneaton and Atherstone. On route I checked out the Common Redstart site, a single juvenile was still there but apart from a few Swallows flying at grass height no other migrant species were seen. The only other birdlife of note were two 50+ mixed finch flocks, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Linnet in canalside fields and a single Tree Sparrow.