I walked over to the Tree Nursery, then the Greenhouse Grounds and then on to Migrant Alley, what a poor visit it was! Just a few Meadow Brown butterflies were seen, and one small Skipper in the Tree Nursery, not surprising though given how chilly it was. The Greenhouse Grounds did give me a new butterfly for the month at least, a Small Tortoiseshell, only the 11th species for July. I also watched the KESTREL family venturing out further from their nest box tree, and a SPARROWHAWK flew into the Greenhouse Copse carrying prey.
The only flyovers seen were LESSER BLACK BACKED, HERRING, and BLACK HEADED GULLS. Of the ''summer'' species, WHITETHROAT, BLACKCAP, and CHIFFCHAFF were seen, and the local SWALLOW families fed over the sheep pasture, plus two SWIFTS were feeding up higher. I hope tomorrows early full patch walk turns out a bit more interesting!
Later in the afternoon I sat in my garden shed a took some more photo's of the garden regulars.
|I was just 2.5 meters from this Immature GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, so I couldn't get all of him into the frame with the 500mm lens|
|I had to fill my boots with photo's though!|
|This shot was taken with the zoom wound back to 120mm, as far as it can go|
|It was good to see the NUTHATCH back, taking sunflowers hearts, it was quite dark under the tree where the feeders are, I had the ISO up to 1000, the F number at 7.1, and set the exposure to minus two thirds, just to get a shutter speed of 160!|
|At F7.1 there wasn't really enough depth of field, but the head and eye stayed in focus :-)|
|GREAT TIT - interesting pose :-)|
|Also, the Wood mouse was back, collecting up the fallen seeds :-)|