Stung by Dave Gray getting himself mixed up with a cracking County bird – the Kentish Plover – I had to head down to the Soar Valley yesterday to try for something myself. On the way round I stopped of at Watermead South to see if the fugitive from DEFRA’s law was still present. It wasn’t at least I didn’t see it, maybe the Atlantic style breakers on the main lake that had been whipped up by the wind had forced it to shelter/flee.
Cossington Meadows was even worse, well with the exception of an Osprey that drifted Northwest as I started up the track. More interestingly, as I scoped the Osprey was the revelation that at least 20 ‘white’ Butterflies (they looked pretty much like Large White) were migrating, taking a steady path SE. They were flying at a height of about 20m and strung out in a line. I stayed and scanned for a while longer but no others moved through. More vismigging in action.
There was bugger all else around. Passage waders consisted of one juvenile Ringed Plover on Tern Pool. A Snipe was also present on Upper Marsh but that was about it. No sign of the Spotted Crake either.
Disappointed I headed off home via the Melton Road and Ambica Sweet Mart. Leigh had asked for a bit of Dokra but I also spent a small fortune on a good range of Indian savouries… my favourites being a couple of ‘bombs’ and a couple of stuffed chillies.