Monday, 30 May 2011

A four hour patch visit from 06:30 was undertaken in grey and gloomy conditions, with a bit of light drizzle thrown in, typically by 10:30 the sun was breaking through!

Hopes weren't high this morning of finding anything different from the last few visits, and it was proving so for the first 45 mins, JACKDAW, STARLING, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, WREN, BLUE TIT, CARRION CROW, SWALLOW, CHAFFINCH, GREENFINCH and MAGPIE were the first ten species on the list, with WOOD PIGEON, BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, GREENWOODPECKER, COLLARED DOVE, DUNNOCK, SWIFT, PHEASANT and LINNET taking me down to the end of the page in my notebook. Entering Migrant Alley, ROOKS were seen on the paddocks, and 24 CANADA GEESE were grazing on the Sheep pasture, a CORMORANT that flew over was the most noteworthy species up to that point.

The wooded headland at the north of Migrant Alley had a singing TURTLE DOVE and CHIFFCHAFF, also a SKYLARK singing way up, the first for 10 days. HOUSE SPARROWS went on the list as I passed the college stables, as did a flyover LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, and the first ROBIN was seen as I entered the College Grounds. The first place I go whilst at the college is along the stream, and whilst I stopped and listened to a BLACKCAP I became aware of a much more exciting songster, singing from a dense clump of young willows, it was a REED WARBLER (98,73) Superb! A very scarce bird on my patch! Fitting it should set a new May species tally, and also become the 98th species on the year list :-)

I added PIED WAGTAIL, GOLDCREST, GREAT TIT, MALLARD, and SPOTTED FLYCATCHER as I walked through the college grounds, the latter were again inspecting the potential nest site, as were 2 pairs of HOUSE MARTINS, they have always nested on the old buildings here, but they are late back this year, and are in much fewer numbers.

The second half of my walk was much less exciting for me, the Small Holding Wet Woods, Lake and Scrubby Woods only added another 12 species to the day list, bringing it to 48, they were: GOLDFINCH, HERRING GULL, STOCK DOVE, WHITETHROAT, NUTHATCH, JAY, LONG TAILED TIT, COOT, MOORHEN, BULLFINCH, MISTLE THRUSH, and last of all a CUCKOO.

After I got home the clouds parted and the sun came out, giving me a chance to take some garden Photo's:

Below is the ever confiding Dunnock

After lunch, a visit to the Tree Nursery to try and find some butterflies was had, I found a few species, plus this Mother Shipton moth

I took photo's of the above Meadow Brown, and the now worn looking Brown Argus, but I missed the Holly Blue, Small White, and Small Tortoiseshell

Later still, I was back home, and took some pics of the insect friendly flowers I have planted

Above : the bees love the Scabious! below is one of many field poppies.


Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Reed Warbler...Yesss - get in there my son!!!

Congrats but makes next year harder ;)



Greenie said...

Warren ,
Well done with the Reed Warbler and the new May total .
That Poppy is so vivid !

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Dave, this is only the 6th spring out of ten that I have found a Reed Warbler. The mean arrival date for those is the 23rd May :-)

Anonymous said...

I said you`d do it, Warren. Well done. That puts your May total level with mine.

Jason K said...

Reed Warbler on the patch...I can but dream...nice one Warren

Kelly said...

...glad you found the Reed Warbler for your 98th species of the year! Sounds like he's fairly rare with only an occurrence of 6 out of 10 springs. the color of the poppy...

ShySongbird said...

Well done Warren! I thought you would manage it and there could even be something else today :)

Lovely to see the wild flowers in your garden!

Ken. said...

Hi Warren.
well done with your Reed Warbler. Always nice to geta rare patch tick. The 100 is getting close now. Nice photo's too especially the poppy. I saw a few today on my walk.

Jann E. said...

That's a beautiful poppy pic!