Sunday, 10 July 2016


Sunday 10th July a.m.
 A cloudy morning with a strong blustery wind but the occasional sunny spell brightened our hopes as we set off on our walk.We soon saw House Martins above the houses then swooping down to feed chicks chirping in their nest,probably the second brood of the year.These as usual built of mud on the wall of the house under the eves over hang, so only a quick look at this activity is advisable so as not to upset residents.Higher above the House Martins a couple of Swifts were feeding, other common species were seen on route with more good numbers of House Martins seen possibly post breeding birds which tend to flock together as the summer progresses.More Swifts were seen at the viaduct and a Chiffchaff was belting out its song,on the reservoir were 25 Canadas and 26 Mallards.A pair of Oystercatchers were on the Dam wall with a LBB Gull passing through overhead.Down Station Road a Greenfinch was calling with several Swallows feeding and some going in to a barn, no doubt to feed young.A juvenile Pied Wagtail was seen and also a Juvenile Blackbird, we headed back under the viaduct seeing a charm of c15 Goldfinch in the field starting on the Thistle seed heads already.
Little else was seen until we got to the mill where we saw another Chiffchaff singing, then as we came back to the village more House Martins,Swallows and Swifts were seen.


Juvenile Blckbird

Juvenile Pied Wagtail


Hewenden Reservoir

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