Sunday, 8 July 2012

Local Walk

Sunday July 8th a.m.
 This morning was warm and humid with a temperature of 12°C as we set off to take the dog for
a walk and hopefully see some birds on the way. We saw House Martins overhead,one nest site
we have seen two adults go into so hopefully they will have bred successfully. We spotted another
two nests on the front of two houses right at the top where both sides of the roof meet.There were
plenty House Sparrows about in their usual spots and as we approached Hewenden Viaduct we
caught site of a Kestrel on the move.The Reservoir was busy with a lot of fishermen,may have been a competition day, there was one Mute Swan and several Canadas here and a Grey Heron on the wall.
There were Swifts overhead and on Station Road we saw a number of Swallows and a couple of  
 We went into the wood at the side of the reservoir and were rewarded by seeing a Coal Tit we
don't often spot these.  We headed back towards the viaduct spotting a couple of Mistle Thrush
disturbed as the fishermen took up their positions on this side of the reservoir.Hewenden Beck
was still higher than normal and running very fast as we walked past,towards Hewenden we 
quickly negotiated the road heading into the woods.Here we could hear Chiffchaff singing and
catching sight of Great Tits and Wrens and even a male Bullfinch in the distance.
  At Hallas Bridge we stopped to watch the fast flowing Beck,a passer by told us the water had
been over a meter higher last Thursday. Here we also saw a couple of Robins before going back
up the hill into Hallas Lane and spotting a couple of Collared Doves and other common species
as we went back into the village and home.

Rabbit perched on a wall

Mistle Thrush

Hewenden and Hallas Bridge in the back ground

Hewenden Viaduct

Fast flowing Hewenden Beck

Distant male Bullfinch

Hallas Beck

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