I was not particularly enjoying cutting down an ageing Laburnum tree in the garden, so when a casual look at the pager revealed a Bonxie at Draycote Water it was a good excuse to down tools. Hang on a mo though, the message didnt say whether it was settled on the water or a fly thru. Luckily confirmation that it was still there came through and I was off. On route there was intermittent drizzle and generally gloomy skies and it was pretty much the same at Draycote. The Great Skua was out in the middle, as bout as far away from the shore as it could be. It made a couple of short flights while I was there, in company with Bob Hazel, but didnt really come in any closer.
Great Skua, Draycote Water
Other birds seen on the visit included 6 lingering Common Terns, 2 Wheatear, a Yellow wagtail, 18 Skylarks and slightly more Meadow Pipits