|Peregrine, Summer Leys|
Though I've not seen any regular Hobbies, at the start there was the usual gathering of hobbies and good numbers. I had 8 at a regular spot, then nothing. I see the odd bird but it worries me somewhat the lack of birds.
I've seen 3 different Ospreys during the summer. No luck photographing them. Forget lousy skies and blah, blah, blah. I'll be honest every time I see it I'm just too excited lol.
8F (ring tag) seemed to be the most frequent visitor to Welford but on one day I had two Ospreys over the resevoir (1J) the third bird and only saw it once was tagged with just "32".
Regular readers will know this isn't the first summer Ospreys have stayed in the county, so please next year, breeding please. And I'll get some practice in.
I also learnt the difference between 'Tundra' Ringed Plover and 'normal' Ringed Plover.
The Tundra is the female with the sticking up white feather. I was lucky that 1) Mike Alibone was via Twitter helpful with identification 2) I had Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover and 'Tundra' to initially compare the slight differences in size, subtle but obvious.
Whilst laying on my belly grabbing wader images I was entertained by a Skylark depositing it's foetal sacks in the grass behind me.
Given so few Y'wags breeding in the county I was more than happy to find another pair to add.
This is my favourite record shot ever as I never knew nor seen a dragonfly catch a moth mid-air and predate it.
Bit of a theme going on, juvenile Spotted Flycatcher