25 August 2014

Washout at the patch

My first visit to the patch this morning for months turned out to be a complete washout, but it was great to have Rachel and good friends Andrew Proudfoot and Sam Woods along for the soaking. 'Highlights' in the short period before the monsoon started and we were forced back home were 1 Hobby N, 6 Northern Lapwing SW, 3+ Barn Swallow over Stanwell Moor, and 1 Whinchat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Blackcap (all in the NW corner), 2 Eurasian Teal over, 1 Kestrel, c.60 Goldfinch, 3 Blackcap, a few Meadow Pipit and 1 Grey Heron at Staines Moor. The water level on the Colne is very high and the iris channels are also holding plenty of water - surprising for this time of year. On a negative side, it was depressing to find that the Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera is making rapid gains in its invasion of Stanwell Moor.

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