An initial check of the valley produced an exciting find, another impaled beetle on a barbed wire fence about a half-mile from the implaed beetle found on the 22nd August. The beetle was still alive. Clearly, a Shrike, probably Red-backed, is working this area, however, as before, could not be found.
|One of 5 Whinchats in the Watton Brook Valley.|
Typical behaviour was observed by Whinchats, including watching them dropping to the ground and quickly returning to the same area of fence to consume the catch, a small insect probably.
Also very much of note in the valley was at least 100+ Swallows which were hunting low over the fields for winged insects, many Swallows often alighted along the valley on the fence.
Many Wood Pigeons sat along the valley and appeared to take delight from sitting into the rain for a wash-up. A couple of Reed Buntings and Dunnocks were also seen along the valley.
A single Kestrel was overhead whilst on higher ground at least 5 Buzzards and a pair of Red Kites soared.