Sunday, 20 May 2012

All change with the weather again for todays full patch walk, it was grey and overcast with a chill wind, keeping many species quiet, such as Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat and Turtle Dove. Seven fewer species were seen than yesterday in the mornings count of 45, but I did record TREECREEPER, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and HOUSE MARTIN, all species that weren't seen yesterday, making for a weekend total of 55 species.

One more species joined the 'confirmed successfully breeding' list for the spring, when nine CANADA GEESE goslings were seen on the lakes. The Scrubby Woods were much quieter in the cooler, duller conditions, but some song was heard by the stalwart species, BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF, CHAFFINCH, ROBIN, WREN, DUNNOCK, SONGTHRUSH, and BLACKBIRD being they  :-)

Fewer SWIFTS were seen going over today, just 6 were noticed, other flyovers included GREY HERON, HERRING GULL, plus the already mentioned Lesser Black Backed Gull, and House Martins, of which a tight flock of 8 moved through headed west. Just SPARROWHAWK and KESTREL showed for the Raptors, however, 2 COMMON BUZZARDS were recorded this afternoon as I sat in my garden eating lunch in some much warmer conditions - apparently a sign of things to come this week, so I could see a few more new species of Butterflies emerging  ;-)

The camera stayed at home today, it being so dull, so here's the rest of yesterdays efforts, and quite a few there are    :-)
Grass Snake - not a good shot, but this is the only angle I could get on it without disturbing it. ( note the Ladybird!)
Holly Blue Female
Holly Blue Female
Holly Blue Female
Large White
Orange Tip Female
Mother Shipton moth - my first this year  :-)


Greenie said...

Warren ,
Apparently it could reach 80F by the end of the week , how crazy is that ?
Did you look for the egg once the Holly Blue moved on ?

ShySongbird said...

Those Blackcap photos are lovely Warren. Also the Holly Blue, I'm envious of those as although I have them in the garden, due to growing both their larval food plants (Holly and Ivy), I have never managed a photo, they are so quick!

Really cold here all day today and no sun at all...again :-( Supposed to be better mid week but I'll believe it when I see it!

Steve Ashton said...

Nice photos Warren.

Warren Baker said...

I did look, but I had no chance of finding the egg without my reading glasses!

Warren Baker said...

Hi Songbird,
I chased this Holly blue around for ages before it settled!

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Steve,
Hoping to reach your standard one day!

Jason K said...

Mother Shipton and Grass Snake...I'd settle for those Warren!

Marc Heath said...

Nice butterfly shots Warren. I reared some Holly Blue a few years back, certainly an education.

Marianne said...

What gorgeous photos, esp the Blackcap. What's the plant on which the Holly Blue is egg-laying?

Warren Baker said...

The plant is some kind of Vibernum, they are grown in the Tree Nursery :-)