Thursday, 21 June 2012

Ver Valley Walk with the Watford RSPB Group


I was back in the field today, as I will be for the rest of the summer, this time I joined the Watford RSPB group on a Ver Valley Walk around the Gorhambury Estate and Redbourn.  We were very successful in our attempts to find the key species of the day.  John Fisher (the walk leader) had in mind to first visit Mayne Farm in hope of locating the Spotted Flycatchers which had put up residence for the summer.  We were just leaving when I found a single adult SPOTTED FLYCATCHER fly in and land on the wooden fence surrounding the garden of Mayne Farm.  Also in the same area was a family of 5 Whitethroats and 4 Grey Herons (including 3 juveniles).


After the Gorhambury Estate we caught up with a few more species including a Little Owl at Shafford Farm, 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite and a stunning ♂ Yellow Wagtail at the mill.


On my return, I stopped of at Mayne Farm again and was very pleased to relocate 2 Spotted Flycatchers hunting the abundance of insects around the same lawn.

Many thanks John for the very enjoyable walk!

 just the back of the Little Owl

male Reed Bunting

male Yellow Wagtail

 the stunning male Yellow Wagtail

Spotted Flycatcher

Germander Speedwell

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