Hay fever break

As annoyingly usual the summer is about itching and tearing eyes, blowing nose and never ending sneezing. I don’t have to tell how awful it is for a birdwatcher. It also means that birding is limited as I have to stay indoor as much as possible.

Today I fed up by watching the walls and the still alive computer screen and picked up my girls for an afternoon walk around the Caldecotte Lake in Bletchley. It was probably the warmest day this summer peaking 24°C. Birding was very moderate as it was quite windy but the middle of summer is always quiet.

The most exciting species was the Eurasian Hobby. Two birds were hunting mainly on insects (dragonflies) over the south lake. Both the south and north lakes was full of Common Swifts. I love these birds but I missed their screaming over their breeding sites.

On the west side of the south lake I found some beautiful Pyramidal Orchids (Anacamptis pyramidalis) which I have never seen before. Luckily the grass wasn’t cut there so they could bloom.

Andi and Kea in the beginning of the 3 km long walking. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Andi and Kea in the beginning of the 3 km long walking. © Gyorgy Szimuly

A view to the Caldecotte Lake from the footpath. © Gyorgy Szimuly

A view to the Caldecotte Lake from the footpath. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Pyramidal Orchids. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The Pyramidal Orchids.  © Gyorgy Szimuly

The Pyramidal Orchids. © Gyorgy Szimuly

One of the 5 Mute Swan families on the south lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

One of the 5 Mute Swan families on the south lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Panorama view of the eastern side of Caldecotte Lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Panorama view of the eastern side of Caldecotte Lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Breeding site of Common Swift near the south lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Breeding site of Common Swift near the south lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The only breeding platform for Common Terns. Sadly the last week seen chick has disappeared. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The only breeding platform for Common Terns. Sadly the last week seen chick has disappeared. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Little Egret was still in nice breeding plumage. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Little Egret was still in nice breeding plumage. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Complete eBird checklist:

Greylag Goose 149
Canada Goose 246
Mute Swan 43 (5+6+3+4+4 cygnets)
Mallard 85
Tufted Duck 2
Great Crested Grebe 2
Great Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 2
Little Egret 1
Common Buzzard 1
Eurasian Coot 34
European Herring Gull 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Common Tern 3
Common Wood Pigeon 7
Common Swift 94
Eurasian Hobby 2
Common Magpie 8
Eurasian Jackdaw 3
Rook 2
Carrion Crow 9
Eurasian Skylark 1
Barn Swallow 9
Common House Martin 11
European Blue Tit 2
Long-tailed Tit 2
Eurasian Wren 4
Sedge Warbler 1
Eurasian Reed Warbler 4
European Blackcap 5
Common Whitethroat 1
European Robin 2
Eurasian Blackbird 3
European Starling 5
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) 4
Reed Bunting 1
Common Chaffinch 2
European Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 7

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