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Bagworth Heath and Woods - 18/06/17

June 30, 2017

Graham brilliantly led us on a stunning walk on Sunday morning.

Firstly we set off to go up towards the quarry. We found it quite hard

to see the birds in the dense foliage, however, we witnessed

incredible singing with competitions between the blackcap and garden

 

warbler, chiff chaff, wren, blackbird and song thrush.  Later we had

excellent views of a garden warbler in a group of silver birches and a

goldcrest flitting across the path from pine to pine. Although we

shouldn't forget the young toad, sitting in the middle of the path in

the wet grass, stolidly refusing to move away from our trampling feet

and any passing heron.

Down by the small lake the house martins with their firstborn gave us

a wonderfully acrobatic, aerial display. Feeding parents flew back and

forth to nests in their specially built wall. A pied wagtail

diligently fed its two young on the lake bank with mallard mothers'

proudly showing off their young before leading them into the shade of

overhanging willow.

It was two and a half hours well spent on a very hot Sunday morning.

Several of us learnt new birdsong and recalled other songs previously

learnt with the help of Graham and Dave and each other - a real

collaborative effort. Thank you to those nine members who were able to

turn out on Fathers' Day, some suffering from hayfever.

 

Let's enjoy the summer,

 

Madeleine

 

 

 

Photos by Lee Loveridge

 

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