WEDNESDAY 13 AUGUST
(heavy showers throughout the day, with a strong WSW wind, gusting to force 6 at times; 13 degrees centigrade)
RED KITES were the order of the day with large numbers seen as farmers begin ploughing up stubble. Otherwise very few new arrivals.
Shardeloes Lake (0950-1040)
There was no sign of yesterday's Pied Flycatchers nor of many of the warblers that made landfall during the rain. In fact, just 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER remained, commuting between a large Oak and the main lake.
Significant, however, was a major fall of PIED WAGTAILS - 15 was present on the cricket field, including 4 adult males. Also, the first SAND MARTINS of the autumn (in the Amersham District) and impressive COMMON SWIFT numbers
Great Crested Grebe - 4 still (1 adult with 3 juveniles)
Mute Swans - family party of 6
Common Kestrel - first-year male and adult female
Great Spotted Woodpecker
COMMON SWIFTS* - 35
House Martins - 42
SAND MARTIN* - 2 juveniles
Mistle Thrush - 25 mainly juveniles
Goldfinch - 4 juveniles
Reed Bunting - 2 (male and juvenile)
Penn Bottom/Winchmore Hill
A farmer was ploughing his stubble field opposite 'The Old Barn' entrance just west of Charcoal Grange at SU 918 947 at midday, attracting 6 RED KITES (including 2 juveniles) and 5 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Nearby, a slurry field at Winchmore Hill (400 yards east of Pennstreet Farm at SU 928 953, attracted 3 more RED KITES, as well as 134 Jackdaws, 73 Rooks, 23 Carrion Crows and 31 Common Starlings.