With the passage migrant birds now all but gone through and the local breeding migrant birds all having arrived, except maybe for the Spotted flycatcher, which I still hope may turn up yet, there is not much happening on my patch at the moment. I still hope to add a few more species to the months list, they will more than likely be fly overs, but I might also just get a late Reed Warbler pass through.
I spent 4 hours out this morning, visiting Migrant Alley first off, where there were plenty of ROOKS busying themselves on the sheep pasture collecting food for their young, which should fledge any day now. A flock of a dozen LINNETS fed on the Dandelion seed heads in one of the paddocks, where there was also a small gathering of 15 STARLINGS collecting food for their fledglings too. I had a sky watch after walking a circuit of the fields and paddocks, but little flew over of note, just 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, 6 HERRING GULLS, a YELLOWHAMMER, 2 HOUSE MARTIN and 2 SWIFTS, plus I was glad to see the male KESTREL back hunting around the Greenhouse Grounds, it was brought to my attention by a scolding WHITETHROAT pair :-)
A visit to the last known spotted flycatcher territory at the far end of Ashes Lane only produced a NUTHATCH, then a walk through the Wet Woods gave me another bird for the ''Successfully bred'' list when a newly fledged DUNNOCK was seen being fed by a parent. A BUZZARD flew from a large Oak tree as I walked past, for a big bird it hardly made a sound!
Very few birds were around the Scrubby Woods, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, MISTLETHRUSH, BULLFINCH, GOLDCREST, LONG TAILED TIT and STOCK DOVE were about the best of it. A male MANDARIN DUCK was on the main lake, along with 4 CANADA GEESE and 2 GREYLAG GEESE, nothing at all was on the other two smaller lakes.
After the weather front moved through, which only brought a few spots of rain, I spent a couple of hours back over in the Scrubby Woods hoping for some Dragonfly action, but only a single Beautiful demoiselle, 2 Large Red and 2 Azure Blue Damselflies were found, all of which successfully avoided having their photo taken!
On the way home I walked along the outside of the Wet Woods, where I was pleased to see the Downy Emerald Dragonfly again, but it too refused to pose for the camera, I also found my first Small Copper Butterfly, plus a dozen more Azure Blue Damsels and another Beautiful Demoiselle, the Azures did at least give me a photo this time! Crossing the Ashes lane fields I noticed that the the only non intensified field there, had obviously been sprayed, all the wildflowers were drooping and their leaves withering, bloody landowners here want their fields looking like the lawns of a stately home, idiots!
Azure Blue Damselfly
When I arrived home I saw this Large Red Damselfly on one of my flower pots :-)
Large Red Damselfly