Monday, 6 July 2015

Early blue skies soon became partially obscured as a brisk wind blew cloud from the south, but some good, warm sunny spells remained throughout the day.

A full patch walk, lasting 6 hours was carried out from 06:15hrs, which produced a decent tally of bird species - 47 in all, plus two new Butterfly species were recorded for the year, the Gatekeeper and the much scarcer (for my patch at least!) Ringlet.



A couple of additions were added to the months list, these being flyovers, first of all from a CORMORANT (51), then a smart looking HOBBY (52), a species that is not as frequent here as in previous years. Three other raptor species occurred this morning, the SPARROWHAWK, a pair of BUZZARDS and the KESTREL family, both youngsters and the female adult being seen at the Greenhouse Grounds.

Recently fledged Kestrels doing well so far   :-)

A YELLOWHAMMER was seen along High House Lane, with SKYLARKS up singing in the adjacent bean crop at Bustard Hill. Flyovers from GREY HERON, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, HERRING GULL and BLACK HEADED GULL, plus numerous SWALLOWS with a few SWIFTS were noted as I walked a circuit of Migrant Alley, where the 6 GREYLAG GEESE continue to graze. There was no sign of any young WHITETHROATS at the Greenhouse Grounds, but an adult continues to scold there, plus the LINNETS are continuing their nest building in the last piece of Brambly scrub.


Over at the Woods, no surprises were found, Bullfinch and Long Tailed Tit were the only regulars not to show today, COAL TIT, GOLDCREST, BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, SONGTHRUSH, BLACKBIRD, DUNNOCK, WREN and ROBIN all gave some song, while calls from STOCK DOVE, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and GREEN WOODPECKER were heard. Only 2 MALLARDS and two MOORHEN families were on the lakes today.


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Only a little over an hour was spent out this morning, as by 08:00hrs a period of moderately heavy rain moved in, at least it's filled my ponds and watered the garden properly!

Not much was seen in the time available, a walk around the paddocks and sheep pasture at Migrant Alley was much the same as yesterday, right down to the 6 GREYLAG GEESE !  I looked for, but didn't find, the fledged WHITETHROATS at the Greenhouse Grounds, but did see a female LINNET carrying nesting material into a scrubby area, the male bird watched on, I hope they have time to raise a family before farmer Giles annihilates the scrubb! The KESTREL family were up and about in the general area, plus flyovers from 2 GREY HERONS, 4 HERRING GULLS,  and singles of LESSER BLACK BACKED and BLACK HEADED GULL were seen. A SKYLARK sang from very high up, as I searched for it I began to pick out many SWIFTS, at least 20 were feeding on the wing.

A short afternoon visit was made, this time I walked the Ashes Lane Fields, but nothing bird wise was noteworthy, I spent most of the time photographing insects!

I was looking for an Essex Skipper, maybe this is one ? I'm never sure!

There were just one or two of these Common Blue Damselflies about

plus half a dozen White-legged Damselflies, mostly females.

White-legged Damselfly