Thursday, 26 June 2014

The skies were clear first thing this morning, but cloud rapidly moved in as I sat and watched the sky from my seat at Migrant Alley. Not a great deal was seen, but one bird of note was a SISKIN (65) that was heard as it flew over, I dont think this is an early Autumn arrival, it may be a local breeder, anyway its a good species for the June list  :-)  The Greenhouse Grounds KESTREL family were seen up hunting over and around the Greenhouses and Migrant Alley, the only other raptors seen were BUZZARDS, 3 of which called loudly from over the Wet Woods. LESSER BLACK BACKED and HERRING GULLS made up the passing species.

Common Buzzard

A SKYLARK sang from above the Ashes Lane Field as I made my way to the lakes, which were a bit less busy than yesterday, most of the Geese had moved to the adjacent horse paddocks, leaving just 4 CANADA GEESE and 6 GREYLAG GEESE on the main lake. The MUTE SWAN and COOT pair are continuing to feed their respective young on the ornamental lake, a few MOORHEN families were also there, with just 3 MALLARDS.

The Scrubby Woods were very quiet, the only song being from the odd CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP and DUNNOCK, plus calls from BULLFINCH and NUTHATCH.

This afternoon,  I tried for some Butterfly and Dragonfly photo's, but with the sunshine being a bit hit and miss, little was found. I did however come face to face with a Roe Buck, which pranced away as I lifted my camera, just a shame I had the 100mm lens on and left the focus on manual, so I didn't even get an in focus shot! here they are anyway  :-)

Off and away before I could focus on it!

At least a record shot anyway!

Might as well put a few images from wales up, these Stonechats looked picturesque on the foxgloves, my images didn't quite come out that way though!


Marc Heath said...

Nice deer shots, they look pretty good on my phone Warren.

Warren Baker said...

Not so good on the computer screen !

Wilma said...

Like the new banner photo of the young kestrel!

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Wilma :-)