After a night out with beer and curry I was a bit late at arriving to site. It was a steady walk in between lots of showers. A walk around the square produced Swallow, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Grey Heron, Starling, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Jackdaw, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Linnet, Stock Dove, Common Whitethroat, Tree Sparrow, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Great Tit, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Robin, Goldfinch, Grey Pertridge, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Great Black-backed Gull, Magpie, a bonus Hobby, Pheasant and a fly over Mute Swan. It was a bit of a struggle to get quite a varied list of species, with only singles of most of them showing. Over at the pool it didn't get much better. Common Sandpiper, Great Crested Grebe, Sand Martin, Mallard and Canada Geese only added to the list. Due to the rain we have had recently water levels were quite high and the winds had made lots of foamy stuff along the left and top bank which made it hard to find any waders.
14-8-10, Croxall GP.
With the weather holding off I tried Croxall. It was fishermen and dog walker free. Nice. A walk around the main side got me Chaffinch, Cormorant, Swallow, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Goldfinch, Willow Warbler, Carrion Crow, Common Whitethroat, Lapwing, Tufted Duck, Common Tern, Grey Heron, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, Mute Swan, Great Tit, Great Crested Grebe, Blue Tit, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, and Black-headed Gull. This weekend was the annual Bloodstock, a modern day twist on Woodstock. This one though was all heavy metal.It could be heard from my front room in Alrewas village, here at Croxall I could watch the main stage in the east side with no problems and it was quite noisy. This was proberbly why not many birds were on this side. I added magpie, Rook, Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, and Kingfisher. Back on the main side and walking back to my moms car (mine is still not fixed yet, long story), I added a female Blackcap and a nice, showy Garden Warbler. Now its car fixing time.