Friday, 21 August 2009

21st August 2009

Cycled to Earlswood during the early morning. From the causeway, noted some Common Terns, 40 Black-headed Gulls, 5 adult Herring Gulls, 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Buzzard. At Windmill Pool, saw a Kingfisher and a Tufted Duck, and noted a second Great Crested Grebe brood (2 chicks). Around the lakes, heard singing 2+ Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler.

I then proceeded to Blythe Valley Country Park and over the Stratford Road to the new "Fore" development, where a man told me that the country park will not be open to the public 'til the end of the year and that I'd have to leave. The newspaper article that drew my attention to this future park should've mentioned something about public access! Disappointed, I returned to Blythe Valley and noted 2 Little Grebes, a Buzzard, 4 House Martins, 2 Reed Warblers, a Chiffchaff, 2+ Jays and a juvenile Bullfinch.

Coming back through Earlswood, saw a Kestrel and 4 Stock Doves along Wood Lane.

M.P. Griffiths

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