Monday, 13 July 2009

BATFORD (River Lea) breeding successes

Weekend Rovings around the square (Batford) I managed several additions and upgrades, the highlights being 2 fledged Jay at the playing fields (always a tricky species), a Goldcrest family at the sewage farm involving at least 4 fledglings, and a fledged Green Woodpecker near the golf course lake.

There are currently two pairs of COMMON KINGFISHER actively feeding young along the river between Westfield Road and Leasey Bridge including a very showy family at the playing fields. The fish eating Grey Wagtail is still along the river by the double footbridges and there was a strange sight yesterday of two fledged Moorhen squabbling over a dead crayfish (Mike Russell)

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