Saturday, 31 August 2013


Saturday morning was the usual work-party at Maple Lodge. Reserve was quite quiet, probably reflecting the slightly balmy weather we're having. A few migrants around by Long Hedge - chiffchaffs and blackcaps in the bushes. Good numbers of little grebe families around as well, still feeding well.
What was nice was a hobby hawking for insects over the reed bed. Too lazy to walk round to get closer to it, so these are a couple of really cropped in images together with another appalling shot of a kingfisher, which was much in evidence.

In the afternoon I went out with Judith to Incombe Hole to go for a wryneck reported there. Lovely day and spectacular views of the Chilterns. No sign of the bird though, although i'm not sure we were even in the right place as there were no other birders around!! Still, the butterflies were nice.