In between cattle checks and office admin work I managed to have a brief walk around Farlington this afternoon. After a quick sandwich I popped up onto the seawall to see if I could get a glimpse of the Osprey. Unfortunately I didn’t see it and neither did anyone else I spoke to – perhaps its continued its migration south. On the way I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of Whinchat. In one sight I saw at least 5 sat on the fence lines and there were lots more across the reserve.
The Kestrel I had seen while topping the hayfield was still lurking, still looking for a quick meal no doubt. It sat on the fenceposts keeping a keen eye on the grassland for any slight movement.
I then headed into the bushes to have a quick look to see if there was interesting on the stream. During a brief chat with a visitor our conversation was broken by a Sparrowhawk shooting along the waters edge, making everything take to the wing including four Curlew Sandpiper. After the dust settled a unmistakable blue flash darted past in the opposite direction. A Kingfisher took up its fishing perch on the far end of the stream, patiently waiting for a fish to swim on by.
If only all half hour walks could be so full of such nice surprises.