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September 2014

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Walk at Middleton Lakes

We couldn't have chosen a better day for our September morning walk at the RSPB's Middleton Lakes reserve near Tamworth. Dry and sunny but not too hot and plenty of birds too. We got off to a brilliant start on the heronry boardwalk where we could hear a water rail squealing and watched both grey heron and green woodpecker flying across. Above them a buzzard circled effortlessly, high in the wispy clouds.
Having got down to the Jubilee Wetlands we were able to watch a couple of fairly distant ruff but were distracted when we realised that behind us was a hobby hunting over the reeds. We were able to watch this beautiful bird for several minutes. We also spotted both sparrowhawk and kestrel. so definitely a day for raptors. Good views of raven were also enjoyed by everyone.
Duck numbers were building up, including wigeon - good to see even if they do mean winter is on its way
A brilliant place for birds. Nick, the site manager says that this year has seen Middleton Lakes right up with some of the top reserves for the number of wader species recorded