FRIDAY 12 AUGUST
Still SW winds but much lighter in strength than yesterday. A few bright intervals but mainly cloudy - still warm though.........
HEATH END (BUCKS)
To the north of Heath End, a flock of 11 Lapwings were being frisked by a male Eurasian Sparrowhawk
CHESHAM FISHING LAKES (BUCKS)
Single Great Crested Grebes were present on both lakes, with a pair of Mute Swans attending two cygnets and a pair of Common Buzzards feeding young on the edge of Chesham Bois Wood. Hirundines feeding over the large lake included only the second SAND MARTIN of the year in the Recording Area, 4 House Martins and 12 Barn Swallows; two Common Chiffchaffs were also noted and Western Reed Warblers numbered at least 4 including fledged juveniles.
A second pair of Mute Swans had two surviving cygnets on Pow Wow Lake.
LATIMER GREAT WATER (BUCKS)
Thankfully, unlike at other local sites, Tufted Ducks have done well at Neptune's Falls area as usual with a total of 17 ducklings/juveniles noted in the nursery - a single Little Grebe there too, pair of Mute Swans with 3 cygnets and 98 Atlantic Canada Geese.
On Great Water itself, 16 Mute Swans and 8 Tufted Ducks counted, a covey of 4 Red-legged Partridges, Common Kestrel and Green Woodpecker on the slope above and 70 House Martins overhead indicating an excellent breeding season. Most unusual was a flyover Eurasian Skylark - heading towards Chesham up the Chess Valley.
Two pairs of Stock Dover were also noted as well as a charm of 6 Goldfinch