I've made a decision since three even the Barn Owl had some idiots using an air riffle to shoot things, but thats being dealt with, not to mention specifically the sites I'm visiting it's either paranoia or a coincidence that the three locations I've blogged about has had something go 'wrong'. It's just a self imposed censorship. I figure most Northants birders can figure out the site anyway. Any migratory/rarities will be reported but just to a select few I know etc. Sorry but not a massive issue really.
So last night I ventured out to the Barnie. I sat by the second bridge as it gives good views if the Barnie opted to show itself. But far away not to put it off, but both (there's two now) seem quite happy hunting with people present and a lot of people/walkers have seen it. The second bridge seems to attract a lot birds to, must be the bean field, river and wildflowers attracting them over.
The juvenile Swallows were feeding up, a pretty impressive flock.
Two very fit looking women cycled past "oh, you've got a big one too" so I quickly checked my zipper but after a quick chat another togger was on the other bridge, I guessed who it was and was correct. We had a chat about the incident, showed me his Barnie image (jealous), he told me about seeing two owls and agreed not to mention his name. Mr.X had photographed the idiots and called the police, if someone is reading this blog and is venturing to the sites it's best his name isn't in the public domain. It got dark'ish and we made our way home.
I stopped for what I think is a juvenile Sedge Warbler, never seen a juvenile it does remind me if a possible juvenile Grasshopper Warbler but the streaky chest makes me 99.9% certain it's a Sedge, figures that I've been struggling for Sedge all summer then go find a juvenile adjacent to a footpath...typical!
Talking of id of juvenile warblers I'm thinking juvenile Chiff-Chaff on this one