WEDNESDAY 11 AUGUST
A return to pleasant weather, with a wedge of increasing high pressure pushing temperatures back up to the low 70's. Winds were light west or northwest, with patchy cloud giving way to clear blue skies.
CHAFFINCH HOUSE, LITTLE CHALFONT (BUCKS)
Two LINNETS flew over the garden mid morning, whilst the number of Goldfinches visiting the Nyger seed increased to 6, including a juvenile. House Sparrow numbers peaked at 35.
FULMER LAKE (SOUTH BUCKS)
The single Common Teal remained present, as did the single Mute Swan, female Tufted Duck, 44 Coot, 9 Moorhen and Lapwing, whilst the surrounding woodland and fields yielded HOBBY, Nuthatch, both Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch and Robin. A Common Buzzard was in full tumbling display in the warm afternoon sunshine.
SHARDELOES LAKE (BUCKS)
Warblers and flycatchers were everywhere and frenziedly flashing backwards and forwards from the Willows and Sallows at the west end of the lake, including 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 8 Common Chiffchaffs, 5 juvenile WILLOW WARBLERS and 9 SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS.
The lake held the 5 Mute Swans, the juvenile MANDARIN DUCK, a drake Gadwall, a female Northern Pochard, all 4 Great Crested Grebes, 112 Coot, a Common Kingfisher and 15 Long-tailed Tits. The Mandarin was 'flycatching' - snapping out with an extended neck at the many insects passing by.