Coombe Hill (27 July 2011, contributed by Mike Smart and Les Brown)
Scrapes now totally dry; still some water in the Long Pool but it’s dropping fast – will it last until the end of the summer?? Even the canal is almost dry. All the hay now cut.
The family of Canada plus the White Farmhouse Goose and their three young still grazing round the scrapes. The pair of Egyptian Geese still there too. Three Hares and a fox cub.
On the Long Pool, one adult Redshank plus four flying juveniles, so all four eggs produced young, a minor record! Still at least five young Lapwings, probably not quite fledged, with four anxious adults. A single Green Sandpiper. Couple of Water Rails squealing in the background. Passerines few and far between.