Sunday, 25 October 2009

Osprey - Chess Valley, Bucks. 21/10/09

With Lee Evans having a bit of a purple patch with his "birds spotted from the garden" list he soon added Osprey when he spotted one heading north towards the Chess Valley on Wednesday 21st, a short drive and within 10 minutes he had caught up with it at Great Water near the Latimer Conference Centre where it was being mobbed by 4 Jackdaws. It lingered in the area briefly so Lee quickly put the news out, he kept it in view from 13:27 until 13:41 when the bird drifted West along the River Chess towards Chesham and out of sight.

Having got the call from Lee I knew the bird had now departed and I decided to drive alongside the River Chess hoping that it might be perched up somewhere along the side of the river, after searching the majority of accessible viewing points I'd had no luck and decided to head back towards Latimer in case it returned. I soon met up with Lee and Dave Cleal near Latimer Conference Centre but there was still no sign of it and we headed off towards Latimer bridge. At the bridge we scanned the area noting 2 Little Egrets(4 Earlier), a Grey Heron and a juvenile Common Buzzard sat in the trees by the bridge, Dave said his goodbyes and headed off to work leaving Lee and I to search along the River Chess. Despite our search we never found the Osprey again but did manage to hear 2 Water Rails squealing from the reedbeds and a small party of Siskin overhead at the Church Covert Reserve.

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