Thursday, 18 July 2013

The hot weather continues, so another early patch visit was made today to avoid the worst of the heat. Not much is changing though, birdwise the highlight of a walk around the paddocks and pasture at Migrant Alley was seeing a HOBBY being harassed by a flock of 20 odd SWALLOWS, the STARLING flock wasn't too bothered by it though! A SKYLARK was heard singing again, as was a BLACKCAP that was in the Greenhouse Grounds, along with a WHITETHROAT that gave a few alarm calls, 16 GREYLAG GEESE were seen in with the sheep. As I watched the sky, a pair of BULLFINCH flew into the tall hedge behind my seat, but the sky watch itself only produced HERRING and BLACK HEADED GULLS, as well as the only 2 SWIFT of the day.
Greylag Geese on the Sheep pasture
A YELLOWHAMMER sang from the hedgerow along High House Lane, and the SPOTTED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Western end of Ashes lane, no sign of any young yet though. As I walked to the Scrubby Woods via the Wet Woods I heard the 'mewing' of a BUZZARD somewhere above the canopy.

I again made an effort to photograph a Purple Hairstreak once in the Scrubby Woods, but although two were seen they remained high up again, very frustrating! A circuit of the Scrubby Woods was made, and most the regulars were found - NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, COAL TIT,  two more Bullfinch and families of both CHIFFCHAFF and Blackcap were the best of it. Talking of Bullfinch, I had another one in my garden today, a superb male, I missed it with the Camera though! Also in the garden today was a juvenile COLLARED DOVE, about time I added this species to the Successful breeding list, although they aren't that plentiful here, probably less than ten pairs nest on my patch.

A few Butterfly and Damsel photo's were taken, and include what I think is an Essex Skipper, perhaps someone can confirm   :-)
Black antennae tips - Essex Skipper?
This Small Skipper certainly looks to have different antennae markings
No doubt about this one - a Gatekeeper
The most abundant Damselfly today were the Common Blues  -:
Female Common Blue
Male Common Blue
This one was mating, its other half was obscured, so I couldn't get them both in shot.
This Common Darter, an immature, was only just in camera range -:
Immature Common Darter


Mike H said...

No expert Warren but Black antennae tips usually mean Essex.

Warren Baker said...

Thats my thought it Mike :-)