There wasn't much to attract my attention as I walked through the wet woods, but as I neared the lake i picked up two new species for July, a BULLFINCH (42) calling from the dense brambles, and a whole family of CANADA GEESE (43) that were on the water.
I spent a couple of hours wandering around the area, and managed just two more new species for the month, those being TREECREEPER (44) and NUTHATCH (45). A Comma Butterfly was also seen, my first for a couple of months.
I found this Juv. JAY sitting quietly, waiting to be fed, another for the confimed breeding list.
Also, as I picked my way the nettles, I stumbled upon this little chap. A right little baby killer if ever I saw one, I took my photo's and made a quick exit before he could savage me :-)
Once I was sure I had made good my escape, I carried on my bussiness, below is the Comma Butterfly. I had a good look at the Oak trees for Purple hairstreaks, but none were found - maybe a bit later.
As I made my way out of the scrub and passed the lake, I saw this MOORHEN, well away from the safety of the water - look out mate there's a huge, big vicious animal in there with dripping fangs!
I walked home through the tree nursery, and had a spell of Skywatching. The hoped for KESTREL (46) flew over, but little else, just a few HERRING GULL and 4 BLACK HEADED GULL.
So just 5 new species to add to July, but another was on the cards when I got home. I went to the kitchen to get a drink, and in doing so flushed up all the COLLARED DOVES from around the garden feeders, and what was with them ? A TURTLE DOVE (47) no less! Only the 3rd recorded in my garden in 10 years :-)