On the way to work this morning I added GREY WAGTAIL to the months list, it was seen in one of the usual places, flying up the stream through the College.
After work I set out on a 3 hour trek round my patch, I went over to the lakeside scrub, and still didn't record a Lesser Whitethroat, where are they ? A bit of bird song was to be had, TURTLE DOVE, BLACKCAP, WHITETHROAT, WREN , DUNNOCK , ROBIN, SONGTHRUSH and BLACKBIRD all made it a pleasant visit. As I walked through the dense scrubby area, I glanced at the sky whenever a gap opened up in the foilage, the first gap produced a pair of SPARROWHAWKS, they circled low over, giving good views of the size difference between the Male and female. The second gap produced much more of a surprise - A RED KITE, yes another! ( probably the same one Ive been seeing previously though) I watched it glide over very high up, and suddenly, from nowhere, a PEREGRINE came in and started to mob it, fantastic! What a pair of raptors to see together!
After the excitement, I went for a skywatch over at migrant alley, hoping to add some more raptor species, I added KESTREL and was really hoping for a Hobby and Buzzard, six Raptor species in a day has never been achieved on my patch before, but I didn't get to see them, although the Oxonhoath birder rang me to say there was a Buzzard over his patch, which lies just a kilometer to the north of me!
The walk was made more interesting today by the sighting of my first Meadow Brown butterfly, one of several species seen today. Also I came across this plant in the lakeside scrub area.
Above is the flower spike - could this be an Orchid, maybe a pyramidal or a Fragrant Orchid even!
Above are the leaves, they were long and thin without any spots. What do you reckon fellow bloggers ?
Below are some Red Kite Photo's. Not very good, but it was high up.