I was all out to do a bit of Sky watching from my seat at Migrant alley, trying desperately to add a Cormorant to the months list, but despite an hour sitting and scanning none flew over, this will be the first months list ever without a Cormorant on it :-(
A few groups of HERRING GULLS flew west, the largest of those containing 12 birds, 2 BLACK HEADED GULLS also flew over, and at least 2 of the KESTREL young were seen practicing their flying skills, with the adult male nearby on the Greenhouse Grounds, here, the family of WHITETHROATS ''churred'' at my presence as I walked past, and a male BLACKCAP 'ticked' furiously from the large hedge behind my seat, on further investigation i saw two young blackcaps in with it, as well as a CHIFFCHAFF. Looking out on the sheep pasture, 65 CANADA GEESE and just 2 GREYLAG GEESE were seen, but during my sky watch another 100+ Greylags flew over the Greenhouses.
After a spell at home, waiting for the weather to clear, I headed off out again to the Scrubby woods, by the time I arrived the sun had broken through, and I was immediately greeted with the sound of a ''purring'' TURTLE DOVE (68), At last, but where have they been, and why haven't I heard them sing all month ? I watched it sitting on the power lines that go over the Scrubby woods, until I got distracted by a LONG TAILED TIT flock, another species that has not been around much this month, with them were GREAT TITS, BLUE TITS, a family of TREECREEPERS and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, but the bonus was seeing a WILLOW WARBLER (69) among them, a lovely fresh, bright yellow one, taking the months list to 69 species and so equaling the best ever July tally, now only if that Cormorant had turned up! :-)
As the sun came out more, the insects took over my attention, and I saw my first Holly Blue Butterfly for the month, as well as at least 4 Purple Hairstreaks, a couple got with easy photographic range, but they were always directly above me and mostly obscured. I did get a couple of Common Darter Photo's again, and also got some images of a Southern Hawker, but the wind made for a difficult job, as did the tangle of vegetation it was sitting in.
|Southern Hawker, Not best effort, the wind was bowing it around ;-)|
|I managed to get close to it, but then I could only see it's head clearly|
|one gust of wind too many and it was off! Opportunity gone!|
|This Common darter was in a more sheltered Spot.|
|Just need a Hawker to sit like that for me now :-)|
|Small Copper butterfly, seen at the Greenhouse Grounds on my way home.|