Thanks to all involved in the ID of the Small Red Eyed Damselfly in yesterdays post, it now gets confirmed as a new Damsel species for my patch :-)
The overnight rain cleared around 06:30hrs, leaving everything dripping wet - yet again, I don't think my boots have dried out all summer! My initial enthusiasm for the first August full patch walk waned a bit as I realised there were few passage birds to be found, it's still early yet though :-) A SPOTTED FLYCATCHER and a GARDEN WARBLER in the Scrubby Woods adjacent to the lakes were undoubtedly passage birds though, they were found within a mixed feeding flock of BLUE and GREAT TITS, CHAFFINCH, GOLDCREST, WREN, ROBIN and CHIFFCHAFF, also the first NUTHATCH (48), COAL TIT (49) and TREECREEPER (50) of the month were found with them. A scan of the lakes only produced a GREY HERON and a MOORHEN, not even a Mallard today.
Early on in the walk I had been over to the College Grounds, where the family of Spotted Flycatchers were feeding together, another family party were also seen, that of a BULLFINCH (51) at least two newly fledged young were observed with both adults, this is the 42nd species to be confirmed as successfully breeding on my patch this year.
Only one Gull species flew over, that of the HERRING GULL, but 3 Raptor species were recorded, they were the KESTRELS, a SPARROWHAWK carrying breakfast, and three BUZZARDS circling low over the Greenhouse Copse, a trickle of SWIFTS continue to pass through, but no House Martin for the months list, SWALLOW, WHITETHROAT, and BLACKCAP were the other summer species found this morning.
The YELLOWHAMMER in the wheat at the Pub Field was singing, and a SKYLARK plus 28 CANADA GEESE were in the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, all species not seen on every full patch walk, the percentage of sightings this year per full patch walk for these species are :-
Yellowhammer 36.6% ,
Canada Goose 83%
Ten Years ago the percentage of walks that those same species were recorded on were as follows :-
Canada Goose 57.3%
A big decline for both Yellowhammer and Skylark, but a rise for Canada Goose, this follows figures nationally.
A couple more photo's from this morning.
|Chiffchaff - shame it was behind the twig!|
|As soon as I moved for a better shot, off it went :-)|