Common RedstartNo not Blithfield, about 1mile from home on a local patch on the way back from Blithfield Res. A nice end to the day. Full story after my Thursday evening pint so expect a few spelling mistokes.
Friday 31st August 2012
Goats Milk was on form last night at the Church End tap but to go back to the start of the day at Blithfield Res. Staffs. From the causeway there were a number of Terns offshore coping with a gusty wind. Mostly Common terns with 5/6 Black terns. There was also a juvenile Little Gull sitting on the water with a few Black headed Gulls. Walking round the shoreline a small wader appeared in rapid flight low over the water- a Sanderling. I lost it as it headed back to the causeway but despite despite a short search it could not be relocated. A juvenile Osprey was also seen over the woodland before gaining height and heading off North West.
From the Tad Bay hide there wasnt too long to wait before the juvenile Marsh Harrier put in an appearance albeit distantly over the corn field the other side of the bay.
Marsh Harrier, Blithfield Res. Staffs
Common Redstart, Caldecote Bushes, N. Warks.