|Goldcrest - Photo: Keith Whitehouse|
I want to make it quite clear that I am not at all anti-Semitic, but a word of warning to you - I didn't half have a problem with the dew this morning.
Going over early with soft summer shoes on is not recommended at the moment. By the time I got to the tin bridge my socks and shoes were already wetter than if I had gone swimming in them. Not much fun doing a circuit in soggy feet!
The mineral line was alive with birds but most were flying ahead of me. Aside from the copious number of Goldfinch there was a surprising number of Bullfinch with Common Whitethroat still the most prolific warbler on this area. I naturally spent quite a bit of time working the bushes around the pit mound but still the only entertainment was a family group of common Whitethroat and an immature Blackcap.
|Juvenile Chiffchaff - Photo Keith Whitehouse|
While I was watching these birds I was joined by Dave Plant and together we shared the star bird of the day for me, a late Common Swift which dropped in to feed over the Mere, extending my latest date this year by sixteen days. In reciprocation for the Swift, Dave picked up an over-flying Cormorant to add to the day list.
We are starting to notice an escalation of migration so worth getting over at the moment although the next few days of high pressure won't do us any favours.
Have a good week all - Chaz