I took a short walk by Brake mill Pool on Saturday (1st) morning to get some much needed fresh air and sunshine after enduring the previous week the worst head cold I have had for an age! The 3 Cygnets had certainly grown since my last visit! I had taken some wholemeal bread to feed them and the ducks but when one of the Cygnets began to climb out from the water and head towards me in a not too pleasant manner I decided it was best to quickly throw it some bread and dispose very quickly of the remainder amongst the gathering ducks and beat a hasty retreat! Swallows and Martins were a delight to see, they will soon be on their way and will be missed until they return in the Spring. A Grey Heron was perched on a branch overhanging the pool whilst another Grey Heron flew over towards the fields. I was really pleased to hear and then see a Kingfisher, it flew over the pool and perched on a branch of a Willow tree. I watched and waited for several minutes in the hope of it fishing but it eventually flew to another favoured perch at the far end of the pool.
I returned for a longer walk/stroll this morning (4th). Robins were seemingly everywhere and most were singing. I spotted 3 in the same tree at one point though it was not long before the feistiest Robin saw the other two off! Blue Tits were the other species seen in abundance. Goldfinch, Blackbird, Wren, Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Jay with a juicy green caterpillar and Raven and Buzzard (heard only) were the remaining species seen/heard on my walk today.
Late Sunday afternoon a visit to Upton Warren was made to see the Osprey that fortunately was still there, it had been on the Reserve since Thursday (30th August). Great scope and binocular views were enjoyed as it perched on one of the poles at the Flashes, it later took flight, it was seen shortly after as it perched on a dead tree at the Sailing Pool. It later took flight towards the Moors Pools and returned carrying a fish as it headed once more to the Flashes! A fantastic bird for the Reserve and all the Birders who have caught up with it and sheer joy for the photographers as the bird is often seen at close quarters fishing, some superb images have been obtained! My record images are good enough for me as the views I had where the closest I have ever had of an Osprey, an awesome bird and pure magic to watch!