SATURDAY 21 AUGUST
Cloud cover dominated today but a brisk southerly wind kept temperatures warm and muggy
SPRINGFIELD FARM QUARRY (SOUTH BUCKS)
(private site: permit access only)
I spent three hours on site this afternoon searching in vain for the 4 WHINCHATS that had been present in the morning - no sign whatsoever.
The great news is that the two young BARN OWLS have fledged and left the nest hole
Two COMMON RAVENS were seen several times, along with 500+ Jackdaws and an exceptional feeding flock of at least 600 Common Starlings. Also, 14 Eurasian Skylarks were noteworthy.
Few gulls on site this afternoon other than 70 argenteus Herring Gulls, whilst 44 Stock Dove, 29 Red Kite, 5 Common Buzzard, 78 Lapwing, Yellowhammer, 12 Goldfinch and 6 Linnets made up the rest of the Systematic List