Saturday 31 August 2019

Today we visited the Cotswold Waterpark on a fine August morning.

With the weather still warm we encountered several different butterflies today with Red Admiral, Small and Large Whites, Speckled Woods and several of the beautiful Pained Ladies.

Moving on several small birds could be heard in the bushes which turned out to be Blue, Great and Long tailed tits, also Blackcaps and a single Chiffchaff could be heard singing at the top of a tall tree.

On our first lake we found Tufted duck, Great Crested Grebe, Red Crested Pochard, Shoveler, Teal along with a few Cormorant.

Next we saw the blue flash of a Kingfisher as it flew away up the lake always nice to see albeit a brief view.

Walking on we saw two Hobby fly over along with a Buzzard and several black headed gulls.

Both Grey heron and Little Egret seen feeding around the edge of the lake along with several Gadwall and Mallard.

On our return route we saw several small groups of House and Sand Martins along with a few Swallows hawking over the lake picking up the tiny insects just above the water.

Other birds seen included Whitethroat, Green and Great spotted Woodpeckers along with a couple of Jays and Kestrel.

With winter on its way we should start to see lots more wildfowl returning to the park soon which is always an enjoyable time to visit here

A pleasant morning in the autumn sunshine.DT