Finding the Falcon

After an unsuccessful Falcon hunt at the Water park after work yesterday I planned to get out early this morning to give myself a good chance of seeing it. However a combination of yesterday mornings four am start for work and a barbecue in the evening meant that I didn’t wake until half eight. With sightings already reported I managed to get out there for around ten. Walking along the Thames path heading for Lake 59 where it had been seen I managed t get my first Reed Warbler of the year so at least I had something new in the notebook. The news from other birders was that it had been showing well but appeared to have moved onto Lake 72. After moving on to 72 and scanning for a while I decided to go back to 59 and then try 68. However after meeting up with Nigel and Graham the news came through that it was still on 72. An about turn and back we went. Nothing doing on arrival but after a few minutes it returned giving great views as it flew and fed over the lake. Eventually it started to climb and headed off to the north. This pleased a Gloucester birder who was watching as it entered Glos airspace making a good county tick for him. Several Hobbys were about giving a chance to compare the two birds. Satisfied with the views I started off on the trek back to a very full Waterhay car park. Also seen were a couple of Cuckoos, Green Woodpecker, Jays and Little Egrets.IMG_3064

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