Monday 26th August 2013
Weather :- warm, overcast with sunny spells.
Woods :- Birds very quiet, magpies, woodpigeons, blackbirds, robin, blue tits etc.
Reservoir :- greater back-backed gulls, mallards - ducklings growing their adult feathers, coots.Three cygnets and one great crested grebe with 2 young.
Canal :- more mallards, moorhen and young moorhen.
Netherton Hill :- more magpies and woodpigeons.Chifchaff heard, female wheatear and a grey heron by pools at the bottom. A surprise showing of a female black redstart, made the day.
Flowers :- include buttercups, dandelions, herb robert, common toadflax, ragwart.
Butterflies :- Good numbers of small and large whites, peacocks, comma, meadow brown, gatekeepers and common blue butterflies. Also a small coppr seen and a few small skippers.
Also apples, plums and blackberries ripening and acorns growing.