Following on from a couple of days spent in the Telford area which included my
first visit to Ironbridge, this morning I had a pleasant walk at Coate Water. A Common Sandpiper here was my one hundred and fiftieth UK species seen this year. This is one day later than last year and the same date as in 2012.
Considering I have only made two proper birding trips out of county this year not a bad result. Anyway back to Coate Water. I arrived at a few minutes before eight and spent just over two hours on a circuit, starting from Dayhouse Lane, around the lake, past the flood water and back to Dayhouse lane at Coate Farmhouse. A total of forty-four species were seen along with three of butterfly and Roe Deer. Two Common Sandpipers were seen, the first near to the Diving Board, the other on the Boat Club launching deck. Also seen in this are was a pair of Blackcaps, the first of many, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and a pair of Long-tailed Tits. From the dam end I had seen a Tern flying in this area but it had now moved on so although it was most likely to have been a Common I shall never know for sure. Surprisingly there were no hirundines over the water and on the water there were just a few Gadwall, Tufties, Coot, Great Crested Grebe and LBB Gulls. Moving through the woods I added Great Spot, Song Thrush, Blackbird and a few tits and Chaffinches. Around the first hide the Herons were noisy and a Sedge Warbler was singing. Along the track towards the second hide were Linnets, Goldfinches and a couple of Jays. Near to the second hide a Cetti’s was heard but not seen. Before the flood water there were three Roe Deer in the
field, a Buzzard flew over and the first butterflies were seen, Orange Tip and Tortoiseshell. The flood water was quiet with just Shelduck, Lapwing and Canada Geese, including one with the neck collar LN. No wagtails on the horse fields and the first Swallows were seen around Coate Farmhouse. Back on Dayhouse Lane and it was more Blackcaps and Linnets and a pair of mating Woodpeckers. Brimstone butterfly was also seen along here.
The rest of the day consisted of driving around Swindon looking at Sofas, another visit to the new Waitrose at Wichelstowe, into Wootton Bassett to collect the dog from the kennels and cooking a roast dinner.