Middleton Nature Reserve (MD)
Water Rail 3 squealing - first since early summer
There where hardly any small birds around, until I encountered the mixed feeding flock, which is now larger than ever. Led by at least 30 Long-Tailed Tits and followed by Great, Blue and Coal Tits, plus several Willow Warbler, and probably Chiffchaff- 40 to 50 birds in total.
It would be nice to think that this Pheasant with a pink leg ring, obviously reared as a game bird, had decided the safest place to play the "game" is inside a Nature Reserve!
Small and Large White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Peacock and the first of the second generation Common Blue
Common Darter, Brown Hawker, Emperor.