Walked along the River Severn
from Buildwas to Leighton where it was all about the breeding birds including
Redstarts – at least five broods of fledglings, Goosanders – broods of 11 and
16 ¾ grown chicks, Little Ringed Plovers – nothing seen but two pairs alarming,
Oystercatcher – a pair with a single fledged chick, Raven – a brood of 5 fully
grown fledglings, Kingfisher – still active around a nest-hole and Sand Martins
– hundreds of birds still busy around the colonies.There were also plenty of fledgling Reed
Buntings, Whitethroats and Pied Wagtails dotted around.
Just a few more random pictures from Latvia taken on my phone.
Beast of a Goshawk chick!
Look at those feet!
Half grown Hazel Grouse chick that was grabbed shortly after it nearly hit me in the head!
Lots of recent Beaver action!
Branch scratched by Moose
Active Roller nest box; the entrance hole is so small to discourage Jackdaws and Stock Doves in using the box before the Rollers arrive and the plastic strip below the nest is to prevent Pine Martens raiding the box