Around 1200hrs on Sat, 10 hearty souls met at Denham Way and proceeded to Woodoaks farm,nimbus clouds gathered on the horizon as we made our way through the barns noting barn owl pellets.and
We were soon being entertained by the regular Red kite and a few aerial skylarks,across the fields a few Stock dove obliged along with Pheasant. We scanned the orchard in vain for Little Owl but heard the Yellowhammers call of " a little bit of bread and no cheese" in the distant Hawthorn an Blackthorn hedgerows dissecting the field.
On leaving a single swallow obliged ,walking to Springwell lane a pair of Chaffinch were setting up territory in the hedge near Froghall farm
At Springwell lane met G.Lapworth who gave us more bird info,red eared terrapin appeared on Inns GP as did 2 more on Stockers,we galloped off for cuckoos but got 3 red crested pochards and a Reed warbler singing in the phragmites before lunch,later at the causeway Common terns were displaying and Sedge warbler and Reed bunting had obliged,hirundines were not at a premium however a party of House martin showed briefly.
Stockers farm held swallows and Sparrows but no wheatear,we carried on canal side of Stockers to see a wealth of warblers including Garden , from the kingfisher hide a Kestrel was in the nest box ,originally put up for Stock doves,notable wildfowl was a rather late female Goldeneye.