Monday, 20 June 2011

I found time for an hours sky watching yesterday evening, and in some bright but windy conditions I at last recorded my first HOBBY (65) for the month :-), not much else though, a couple of LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, and both KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK were the highlight.

This morning it was a dull and wet walk to work, but it had dried up for my afternoon patch visit, and although it remained mostly cloudy, it felt much warmer, as the wind had dropped out.

The warmer conditions meant a walk around the Tree Nursery was in order, to try and record some butterflies, the most numerous of which were the Small Skippers, with Meadow Browns not far behind, a few Large Skippers were also seen, and one or two Small Whites, and just one Small Tortoiseshell, it's a bit disappointing not to find any Common Blues, Small Coppers or Brown Argus.

Not much was recorded in the way of birds, the WHITETHROAT sang lustily for the entire hour I was in Tree Nursery, a GREEN WOODPECKER called from somewhere in the shrubs, and the usual DUNNOCKS, CHAFFINCH, SONGTHRUSH and BLACKBIRD were toing and froing with food for their young. Above both SWIFTS and SWALLOWS were making the most of the avian insects that were brought out by the warmer weather.

I also had a look around the Greenhouse Complex grounds, where a LESSER WHITETHROAT was still singing, as well as another Common Whitethroat. A family of BLACKCAPS were mingling with Dunnocks, Chaffinch, Blackbirds and BLUE TITS amongst a large bramble thicket. Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were seen going over with prey items, and a HERRING GULL floated southwards towards the gathering rain clouds, which deposited their now unwelcome rain at 5 : 30, making for a wet evening.

The Hobby seen last evening makes this the joint 3rd most productive June, along with 2009, which is two species behind the 2008 total and 3 behind the record June tally set last year. I might yet get a Tawny Owl, or maybe a Mandarin Duck on the lakes, but it's hard to see anything else cropping up, but you never know!

Photo's today are of insects, the first is yet another Small Skipper
and below is the Small tortoiseshell

lastly one of the two Damselfly species seen, this one is a Common Blue, the other species was the White Legged Damselfly


Rob said...

The Common Blue Damselfly makes a great composition on the spiny - thistle? - stem.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Plenty of time for one or two more Warren!

Fingers crossed

Chris said...

You got this nice hobby to bring you to 65!! Well done. and the pictures of the day are beautiful... Iðve not been birding so much, but Iðve to admit that it is quite calm... The temps have been so low, that almsot none of the birds have been breeding so quite hard to get close to them!

Phil and Mandy said...

lovely photos again Warren

Dean said...

Return migration kicks in next month, Warren. Hopefully it`ll bring you something for the year.

Greenie said...

Warren ,
Very quiet out there , but at least that wind has stopped blowing , for the time being .

Alan Pavey said...

Still haven't recorded Small Skipper here yet this year, normally they are very easy to find! Some nice pics as ever Warren :-)

ShySongbird said...

No butterfly or Odonata life here and we have more showers and that high wind again today :(

Well done on the Hobby Warren!

Lovely photos again.