Saturday, 17 July 2010

A 5 hour full walk of my patch, in less windy conditions than of late, and with variable cloud cover, yielded a good total 50 bird species. None of them were were unexpected, and none were new to the month, it's getting very difficult to add to the July list now.

Best of the bunch, (for my patch ) were the CORMORANT that flew over Migrant Alley, the SPOTTED FLYCATCHER in the College Grounds, a YELLOWHAMMER that was again seen in the Tall Hedgerow bordering the Greenhouse Complex, and the GREY HERON on the largest of the 3 Lakes.

Very little song was noted this morning, as expected at this time of year, but the odd BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, WHITETHROAT and SONGTHRUSH did have a go. A feeding flock of mixed Tits - GREAT, BLUE, COAL and LONG TAILED were seen in the Lakeside Scrub, with them were the tag along NUTHATCH family, but all went very quiet when the SPARROWHAWK cruised over, the only raptor seen today.

More noteworthy happenings were seen with the butterflies, they were everywhere today, 14 species were seen, and many were photographed, sorry they are mostly the same species as been posted over the last two days, but they won't be around for long :-) here they are anyway -

Two Purple Hairstreak shots

Holly Blue

A couple of Peacock shots

Speckled Wood
Small Copper

Meadow Brown


Derek Faulkner said...

Warren, once again superb photos of the butterflies. Good to see that you are getting such good numbers - my reserve is experiencing the opposite, till now, a very poor year.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Nice Peacock - forgotten about those!



Phil said...

We're getting very experienced with butterfly shots Warren. Do you think we should get a moth trap next?:-)

Anonymous said...

More Purple Hairstreaks/Holly Blues. There`s nothing like rubbing it in ;-) Warren. No, good on ya mate.
Have a good Sunday.

ShySongbird said...

Very nice photos again Warren, and still I'm envious of the Holly and particularly the PH :)

It has been so windy here the last few days with barely any sun that it is difficult to get a decent photo of anything :(

I hear it is going to be extremely hot and humid where you are tomorrow! Don't go getting dehydrated again, drink lots of water :)

Jann E. said...

Your peacock photos are always great, I love that butterfly w/ its deep, stunning coloring...enjoyed seeing all of the photos, tho.

Wilma said...

Great shots you got, Warren. It is nice to see the Gatekeeper and the Meadow brown next to each other to see what the differences are between the 2. I have never seen either in person.