It enabled me to have a nice couple of hours out on patch, I walked the Tree Nursery, mainly looking for Odenata, and Butterflies but none were found, except a single Small White Butterfly. Two pairs of COMMON WHIETHROAT were seen, and a LESSER WHITETHROAT could be heard singing across Ashes Lane, over at the Greenhouse Grounds.Up above, one of the KESTREL pair was up hunting, and both SPARROWHAWK and BUZZARD were seen going over. SWIFTS filled the air at different times during my visit, all passing through NW, at times the sky seemed full of them, with those were smaller numbers of HOUSE MARTINS.
I made my way over to the Lakes and Scrubby Woods, where butterflies were again hard to come by, just 2 Comma, 2 Green Veined Whites and a male Orange Tip were found, there weren't any Damsels or dragonflies about though. On the water there was a male MANDARIN DUCK and a GREY HERON, plus the COOTS with their two young, the only other things on the water were MOORHENS.
A few singing BLACKCAPS and CHIFFCHAFFS were heard in the Scrubby Woods, and more surprisingly a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER was seen, they don't normally turn up here. BULLFINCH, JAY, TREECREEPER, GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were all seen carrying food, or visiting their respective nests, a LONG TAILED TIT nest was being visited by 3 adults, all bringing food in :-)
The only other thing to note today was seeing the first fully fledged ROOKS at Migrant Alley as I walked into work this morning, the 11th species to have been confirmed as breeding successfully on my patch so far this year.
Nothing new was added to my May list, or Year list, but it was good to be out anyway :-)
|One of the 3 adult Long Tailed Tits bringing food to the nest. I wish I had put by 500mm lens on now!|
|Long Tailed Tit|
|Long Tailed Tit|
|One of two Comma Butterflies seen today, I wouldn't have got such a good photo with the 500mm lens, so it's swings and roundabouts!|
|At the bottom end of the Tree Nursery is a run off pool, here there was a breeding Moorhen, she kept well hidden under the vegetation, calling to the youngsters all the time to stay low :-)|
|Sparrowhawk from yesterday evening. |