Had my annual medical today, legal requirement for drivers of the company I work for, poked and prodded by a nurse sounds like any red blooded males dreams come true, sadly not when the nurse looks like an ex-East German shot-putter cica 1980's and grumpy as hell, jeez I was glad this wasn't an internal examination!!!
The "medical" centre was up near Duston, so on the way back stopped off down Stortons Pit for a couple of hours, more in hope of finding that Hobby and to wipe the memory of what "nurse" did, which with the hazy cloud cover, occasionally being broken by some hot,hot sun I was glad it didn't show, nor did the Swifts, just the one and that didn't hang around. I parked up in the main carpark scanned the big lake, not many Terns either, just four, odd!
I headed straight for the footpath that runs along the river and at the back of the ex-gravel pit and up towards the MASSIVE reedbed.
Along the path the were plenty of common species but apart from the Blackbirds all the adult birds were in heavy moult from nest tending duties (Goldfinch,Blue Tit,Great Tit and Dunnocks) so weren't very photogenic but plenty around. Other birds seen were Cettis Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat also a male Kestrel in one of the willows by the side of the river alas no fly-by of a Kingfisher, on Westlake not much of note really apart from a Gadwall on a nest and some Tufted Ducks.
I decided to concentrate on one species today since I didn't either have much time nor half decent images of this species this year: SEDGE WARBLER