I went over and spent a couple of hours in the Scrubby Woods and lake area, the latter held 14 CANADA GEESE, a pair of which had brought 9 well grown young with them, the only other occupants of the lakes were the COOT pair and their two youngsters.
The Scrubby Woods surprised me with the amount of birdsong heard, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, TURTLE DOVE, BLACKBIRD, GOLDCREST, CHAFFINCH and ROBIN all joined in. I watched both TREECREEPER and NUTHATCH in the same Oak tree, the Treecreeper was collecting food for its young, but I still haven't seen any fledged young yet. I also saw a Chiffchaff taking food to a nest, but again, no fledged young for this species has been found as yet. A KESTREL was up hunting over the area, no doubt trying to pick of one of the many fledgling WRENS and DUNNOCKS that are in the undergrowth. Only two each of BLUE and GREAT TIT families were found, and the only other bird seen feeding nestlings was a SONGTHRUSH.
I spent some time just walking the tall vegetation, to see what insect life flew up, below are a few photo's of what I managed to get on camera, but there were many things I missed, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, and Comma butterflies, Cinnabar moth, and a scorpion fly, plus things I know not the name of!
Tomorrow there may be no blog post, as I am getting new computer, and it may take some time to sort it out!
|This is one of the things I cant name, looks like a Lacewing of sorts. Songbird may help here ?|
|This is a female Beautiful Demoiselle, been trying for ages for a photo of one this year :-)|
|A couple of male Beautiful Demoiselles were with the female|
|Male Beautiful Demoiselle|
|Common Spotted Orchid - I think :-)|