Saturday, 16 June 2012

Windy Valley

Parking at the Albyns Farm car park, I headed up the tree enclosed lane towards Tit lake; nice and warm in the sun, sheltered from the wind. I was with no. 1 son and we headed up towards Ingrebourne Hill.

 The wind was rather strong and he was doing his best but it was knocking him sideways. So we turned back, found a nice secluded spot and sat back and watched the birds go by.

He sat playing in the grass while I sat listening. Initially a Chiffchaff sang from the tree top in good view. House Martins started flying around getting lower and lower. Wren, Dunnock, Blackcap all hopping from shrub to shrub singing there way round. Mixed tits darting all over the place.

Whitethroat in song flight.

As we sat for longer a Lesser Whitethroat started right in the shrub next to us; well within it and unviewable. It carried on moving around for quite a while but then finally revealed itself.

 Really pleased with finding that as it's now the second one I've found since bumping into Paul the other week.

A few Swifts up high and a Kestrel fly over. No1 son decided he now wanted to walk off and see the "ucks". Usual stuff on Tit lake. Heading back to the car and by the small pond I stopped to listen to the Reed Warbler which then showed for a while. A very quick visit and unusual as we didn't go anywhere.
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