Had the “opportunity” of a quick trip to Poland with work. We were in and out in a day and so birding was limited to the taxi through Warsaw.
Only vaguely interesting bird was Hooded Crow.
First arrived and looked across the pool to the right and immediately found a Kingfisher sat with a Black-headed Gull on the small jetty. Fired off some photos before the Kingfisher flew off calliong loudly. The gull was more approachable and I got some closer shots. Coots and Moorhens were on the lake.
I continued my walk, hundreds of rabbits were about as it started to go darker. Fungi was very resplendent and I got several macro shots of some interesting specimens, including a large bolete.
Several Wrens showed well in the course of the walk, as did Robins and Blackbirds but nothing much else graced me with its presence. At the end of skylarks I checked the Water-ski lake and found Chaffinch, Mallard, a pair of Gadwall, Great-crested Grebe and a Little Grebe.
On the marsh were 20-30 Black Headed Gulls and 20+ Lapwing, a chap who I’ve seen down there before was in the marsh area poking about. Apparently he’s laying down food and then lying in wait to shoot anything that comes for it. Apparently he’s not a very good shot – so the bird population can rest easy.
Further round we had good views of a Kestrel eating its prey on a lamp-post. A flock of 16 Magpies were around Chat Corner. A male Stonechat was in a bush on the sewage works side and we had good views of it as it flitted around, always returning to the same tree. 2 Hedge Sparrows were briefly seen on the path from Chat Corner.
We had glimpses of a black and white bird as we stalked the fields for the SEO, not sure what that was – will need to keep an eye out in the area in future. As we reached the Halls Lane area a Green Woodpecker was seen flying south over the Erewash.
Model planes were up and about, and bikers were also in the area, not to mention a small bouncing baby on my back. So not much else to report.