Still pretty quiet in the Chess Valley......
After another full week of hot temperatures and clear blue skies, everywhere is looking parched. WEST WOOD remains silent, with just a few Robin and Chaffinch families busily feeding, whilst WALK WOOD has a fledged flock of Goldcrest - 4 in number. Barn Swallows have done extremely well in CHENIES with some 25+ fledged - a pair of YELLOWHAMMER being present too.
In the vicinity of the CRESTYL CRESSBED FARM, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker and Common Chiffchaff noted, with the Mute Swan pair accompanying 3 cygnets. A RING-NECKED PARAKEET was noisily calling from the SARRATT BOTTOM MEADOW, with a Great Spotted Woodpecker in trees there too. Neighbouring VALLEY FARM PADDOCKS harboured Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtails, 15 Common Starlings and 9 Linnets, with 2 Jays and a Common Chiffchaff noted in FROGMORE MEADOW.
CHURCH COVERT held both Great Spotted & Green Woodpecker, Wren, 3 Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Stock Dove, 6 juvenile Great Tits, 5 Blackcap and a Common Chiffchaff, with a pair of YELLOWHAMMER in the hedgerow opposite. Still a fair few House Martin and Barn Swallow in LATIMER VILLAGE with the CHESS between NEPTUNES FALLS and the road yielding 5 Little Grebe (family party), 5 Mute Swans (including a pair with 2 cygnets), 2 Tufted Duck broods (a 4 & a 5), Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Stock Dove.
In LITTLE CHALFONT, 6 Greenfinches in CHENIES AVENUE together and just 1 BADGER still visiting my garden