Thursday, 1 July 2010

A new month starts, and a new list begins, hopefully this month may bring something a little different, as the early migrants start to move back south, also i'll be keeping an ear and eye out for the Marsh Tit, it arrived last year on July 1st, after breeding elsewhere, and stayed through till spring.

The first species on this months list was a JACKDAW, they were heard fighting over the nutfeeder very early this morning. Over breakfast I added DUNNOCK, ROBIN, HOUSE SPARROW, BLACKBIRD, COLLARED DOVE, STARLING, GOLDFINCH, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH, BLUE and GREAT TIT all feeding in the garden.

Leaving for work I added WHITETHROAT, CARRION CROW, MAGPIE,WREN, PIED WAGTAIL, WOODPIGEON, and LINNET along Ashes Lane, and at Migrant Alley ROOK, SWALLOW, SKYLARK and SWIFT were seen.

Passing through the College Grounds the SPOTTED FLYCATCHER was very vocal - good to get that one on the months list, also SONGTHRUSH, LONG TAILED TIT, HOUSE MARTIN and BLACKCAP were about.

After work I went over to the Lakeside scrub to see what I could add to the 28 species seen this morning, it was not very good! A very quiet visit, with not even a Mallard on the pond to record, I did add JAY, MOORHEN, CHIFFCHAFF, GOLDCREST, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, COAL TIT though.

Next stop was the Tree Nursery to find some butterflies, and whilst looking for those I added 3 species of GULL, BLACK HEADED, HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACKED all flying over. Two STOCK DOVES, flew out of the shrubs, and the MALLARD was picked up at the run off pool to finished the day list on a round 40. Which now goes to 41 as a SPARROWHAWK just went over, chased by some Swallows :-)

Below are the results of my Butterfly hunt, Top is a Small Tortoiseshell, they are every where this year. Next is a Small Skipper ( I think) and lastly a Common Blue.


Greenie said...

Warren ,
I notice the 'while having breakfast' is rubbing off !
No problems with the male Small Skipper .

Dean said...

A good start to the month Warren.
I`ve done as you asked. You had 16 species that i didn`t. So the combined total of both our sightings for the day was 54.

Kelly said...

...those first two are such a vibrant orange. They are gorgeous. Great start to a new month. I don't know when you created the new look for you blog, but I like it!

Fraser Simpson said...

Your new blog layout is really neat. All the best for July birding!

Phil said...

If you're anything like me Warren, something different birdwise on the local patch would be very welcome right now.

Chris said...

Hi Warren,
The common blue picture is very nice. of all the bird you have seen 8except the gulls), I can only see three of them on a daily basis, the wren, blackbird and goldcrest ;-9 We live in a different world ;-) Have a nice week end.

ShySongbird said...

Nice flutter photos Warren. 41 already sounds great to me!