The hot and humid weather continues to keep everything very quiet, apart from the Butterflies and dragonflies.
A new month, and another total to chase! This month I am chasing the july
record of 69, achieved back in 2007, that is a big total, and i'm not at all confident of beating it! So far combined July totals have produced 83 species, so the potential is there at least!
I made a start this morning though, in the half hour's walk to work I recorded 31 species, the best being a pair of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS at the college grounds, still no sign of breeding though. A BLACKHEADED GULL flew over, a useful species to record in July, and the TURTLE DOVES were singing in the scrub at Migrant Alley. SKYLARK, BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF and WHITETHROAT were seen, making a reasonable start.
In contrast, a two hour walk from 15:30 this afternoon produced just 7 more species for the months list! The hot and humid conditions just do not make it conducive for birdwatching. I did record a few damselflies, and a Beautiful damoiselle over at the lake, and a Black tailed skimmer was in the tree nursery.
I think i'll do some evening skywatching later, maybe find the first raptors of the month.
Above: White Legged Damselfly.