Amazingly the Willow Warbler was still singing this morning and the calling Chiffchaff was still around. At the park another Willow Warbler sang briefly near the mini railway. An adult HerringGull was on the paddling pools before it opened and a noisy group of 5 flew over (2 juvs).
The first bird of the day again went to the singing Willow Warbler in the trees next to my car in Chipperfield aswell as a calling Chiffchaff. Once at the park 2 more Chiffchaffs were calling as was a Blackcap. 7 House Martins were over the cricket outfield and a Sparrowhawk flew over the yard.
As I walked towards my car this morning I was surprised to hear a Willow Warbler singing in the Silver Birch next to my car. In the park the Starling flock was still 50 strong but were joined by 14 Mistle Thrush. A Little Owl called briefly in the afternoon.
6 Pied Wagtails were still on the cricket outfield along with 7 Mistle Thrush in with a flock of around 50 Starlings. Back at home a juv Bullfinch was feeding on Rowan berries in a neighbouring garden with another calling but not seen.
For the first time in years I decided to pay a visit to Rutland Water for the annual bird fair. Unfortunately for me i'd chosen the hottest day of the year to go! I went up with my mum and my son. Amazingly he had a good time and enjoyed it even though birds come behind football, wrestling and play station! I met Ernest Leahy and the Tyttenhanger trio of Steve, Ricky and Graham and on the Neotropical bird club stand I bumped into Anna Hughes and Charlie Wilkins who I stayed with on Scilly in 2004 but hadn't seen for a while as they have moved to France. After a sweaty walk round and seeing Johnny Kingdom and Simon King I made my way home having bought nothing but lunch! A quick stop to have a look over a bit of the water produced a Kingfisher and a Little Egret.
The day started off with 3 juv LBB Gulls in the paddling pools with around 20 BH Gulls then after the cricket outfield had been cut ready for the weekend 9 Pied Wagtails were seen feeding on the disturbed insects.
Born and bred in Watford,Herts, I started birding when I was just 8 years old because the old next door neighbours garden was very overgrown and attracted birds to his and our gardens! I first went to the Watford RSPB group at 15 and then I joined the Herts Bird Club in the same year. I was on the Herts Bird Club committee for 3 years. I started twitching in September 2001 after i'd bought my RBA pager and within a week of owning it i'd added Red-Necked Stint and American Green Heron! I keep 2 main lists which can be seen above.