Tuesday, 18 September 2012

On the border with Lewis mid September

On the 13th Paul Lewis and I were in Ruislip picking up a shower pump so we popped in to the Lido
looking for migrants about four Chiff chaff  were feeding avidly near the shore with Pied Wagtails and Black headed gulls.
Also of note was a Great Crested Grebe sitting on a nest close to the shore ,when she vacated the nest  I  noted three eggs.
NOTE  The eggs are are dirty brown in colour but are in fact laid white they discolour them with
mud etc to deter predators and to camouflage.

Nearby pity the bird in question does not heed the sign as fish stocks and water are significantly low
once more.
Yesterday at Maple Lodge the now regular Egyptian Geese were actually on the reserve not on the adjacent farmland which is unusual.
Not much else showing apart from a fox drinking at the waters edge amongst the phragmites and
a good number of dragonflies.
 A  ruddy darter I  think  and a female I  need to identifiy.

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