Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Early fog cleared by 06:15hrs, leaving a mostly sunny, warm and windless day, a real pleasure to be out and about early on  :-)

As the temperature rose, the birds became quieter and less obvious by mid morning, but a good tally of 48 species were located none the less, two of them being new for the months list. A singing YELLOWHAMMER (66) was the first of those new species, one was heard singing along High House Lane, its a sound I rarely get to here nowadays  :-( The second new species was a migrant, a YELLOW WAGTAIL (67), a rather early one, which was heard initially, then watched as it bounded its way South over Migrant Alley, as I watched it, two CORMORANTS appeared coming the opposite way. These two additions to the months list take this July's tally to 67, just two species of the record, which was set in both 2007 and 2013  :-)

Not a single Gull species was noted going over today,  but a few more SWIFTS and HOUSE MARTINS went through very high up. Two BUZZARDS were soaring over the area, a KESTREL was the only other raptor seen today,  only one though, I wonder where all the young ones have gone, maybe they have finally moved off ?

The only other real bird of note on my patch today was a KINGFISHER that was on the ornamental lake, other than that, everything is pretty static at the moment.

There were a few Butterflies and Dragonflies about once the sun going going, I again failed to get the Brown Hawker on camera, there are at least 3 around the Scrubby Woods, two Emperor Dragons were also noted and a couple of Common Darter. Damselflies are few now, with just a couple of White-legged and a Common Blue being seen, plus a Beautiful Demoiselle.

Female Common Darter

Female Common Darter

Female Common Darter

Female Common Darter

Male Beautiful Demoiselle

Male Beautiful Demoiselle
 
Male Beautiful Demoiselle
 

2 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

Those wings have such great detail! Lovely images!

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Chris,
They are fantastic little creatures :-)