Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Back to Shorncote

26 Sept - My first visit to Shorncote for several months, and I was disappointed to see that improvement" work had destroyed the stream bank and wet area adjacent to the first hide, and a gravel path has also been bulldozed through. Such is "progress". Anyway, the rest of the area is as before.....there is always something to see.... my tally included 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Snipe, 3 Little Egrets, 2 calling Water Rails, a Kingfisher and 4 Little Grebes. A Whinchat (patch tick) and a pair of Stonechats were feeding in the rough ground. Raptors included a female Sparrowhawk and a loose group of 6 Buzzards. Good to visit the patch again for the start of the autumn/winter period, and hopefully the habitat damage will mitigate in time.

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