Sunday 19th August

The birds on the floods have been very predictable the last few days with the same bunch of waders basically guaranteed for each visit: 3 GREENSHANK, 1 REDSHANK, 6 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN, quite a few SNIPE and up to 10 COMMON SANDPIPERS all seem to have taken up residence. Let's hope that their continused presence pulls in something good soon!

Jaddod Hadfield found 4 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS and 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER in addition to the usual waders tonight and the Common Sandpiper total was an impressive 14.

It turns out that Steve Burch's Peregrine from last week is one of the chicks produced this year from the Aylesbury Council building pair. It's great to see that they were successful and that the youngster is apparently flourishing.

This afternoon I went for a walk with some members of my family down the canal and back up the Thames to the Meadow. It was lovely and cool in the shade of the trees along the river. There was nothing particularly noteworthy but when you start looking out for things there's always something to see: a Banded Demoiselle was the first this year of that species on the patch; there was a small Pike in the tiny stream next to the river; there were also quite a few Moorhens with chicks which we encountered on various parts of our walk. Below are some photos that I took.

 Banded Demoiselle
 The Little Grebe is still about on the Castle Mill Stream
 Moorhen Chick
 Moorhen plus chicks
The Pikelet

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