During the 5 hours I tallied up 49 species, a good total for a June day, but the likes of Long Tailed Tit and Sparrowhawk, normally regulars, could of taken the day list to over 50. One of the highlights of the walk was finding a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER at the western end of Ashes lane, there used to be a regular pair here many years ago, so hopefully they will re-establish the territory, especially as the only other pair are over at the college grounds, a place I no longer visit.
The search to add successful breeding birds to the years list received a real boost today, when 4 new species were seen with recently fledged young, the first being a CHIFFCHAFF, a family group were seen in a hedgerow over at the bean fields. This was added to when I at last saw a DUNNOCK family, two young were being fed at the Wooded Headland, the third species was well overdue as well, I spied a MISTLE THRUSH on one of the raspberry support poles at the Greenhouse Grounds, a quick scan around soon found the other adult with a recently fledged youngster. Last but not least, a real treat was had when I found a pair of BULLFINCH over at the Scrubby Woods, these were feeding at least two youngsters, good to see these breeding successfully here :-)
Whilst over at the Scrubby Woods, I was tipped off that a Painted lady Butterfly had been spotted on some garden Valerian ( thanks K & A for that, and allowing me to access your garden for the photo's!) This was the first sighting of the year for me, the 15 butterfly species this year.
|Painted Lady, my first of 2013|
|Kestrel - Female|