Mini Heatwave

Mini Heatwave - High flying Buzzard in  blue skies
Mini Heatwave

After waxing lyrical on the death of summer in my last post (Summer Has Gone). I’ve been made to look a fool as England has been hit by a mini heatwave, by 8 am it was already too hot for comfort, as I took my daughter on the stuffy bus ride to school. The air was sticky and heavy with moisture, and you could feel the temperature rising with every moment.

Walking along the Grand Union Canal even the Mute Swans seemed to be feeling the heat. And a party of 6 young birds ducked their heads in the water repeatedly, either trying to keep clean or cool in the mornings heat.

Mute Swan Cygnets on Grand Union Canal, Milton Keynes
Mute Swan Cygnets on Grand Union Canal, Milton Keynes

 

Mute Swan conducting its siblings
Mute Swan conducting its siblings

Mini Heatwave

On the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve you could be forgive for thinking that we had moved to Southern Spain, or somewhere in the Albafuerer marshes on Mallorca, Little Egrets strutted the stuff all around the reserves edges and the long staying Great White Egret added to the continental vibes. Grey Herons seem to have increased their numbers as young birds follow the adults around the pools.

Little Egret
Little Egret

 

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

A Couple of Green Sandpiper (3) were joined by their browner, smaller relative as a Common Sandpiper could be found feeding on the stilt pits. Common Snipe are starting to venture out from the scrubby edges of the pits and feed, stabbing their overly long bills deep into the sticky mud in search of food.

Overhead the suns rays had brought out raptors too, the rising heat carrying 3 Common Buzzards, and a couple of Sparrowhawk. A pair of Kestrel briefly flew through hovering momentarily in the light breeze, riding the air and truly living up to the name Windhover, not to mention the more vulgar name it was once known as!

Common Buzzard
Common Buzzard
Common Buzzard
Common Buzzard
Kestrel
Kestrel

Away from the nature reserve itself two Redstart could be found flycatching from a tall blackthorn hedge. A stunning male looking resplendent in the blacks, greys and reds and a duller female in browns.

Male Redstart
Male Redstart

Other Photos

Canada Geese in Flight
Canada Geese in Flight

 

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

 

Young Goldfinch, keeping autumn going!
Young Goldfinch, keeping autumn going!

 

Mute Swan swimming the River Ouse
Mute Swan swimming the River Ouse

 

Carrion Crow
Carrion Crow

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