Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Long, warm, sunny spells, made for a very pleasant full patch visit this morning, in which 45 bird species were found in the 5 and a half hours I was out.

The excitement for the visit was provided by my first MARSH TIT (94,53) of the year, found in the Scrubby Woods, this is a species rarely seen on my patch, only occurring in singles at the end of summer and occasionally over wintering, this is the first time i've found one in June though.

A LITTLE OWL (54) was also added to the months list when one was was heard to call from the Greenhouse Copse, that just about wraps up the species that live and breed on my patch, apart from the Tawny Owl, so adding anything else to the June list will have to involve flyovers and visiting birds! Other highlights from todays walk were a pair of BUZZARDS seen low over the Ashes Lane Fields, as well as confirming that there are young in the KESTREL nest box after all, I saw movement in the entrance as I made another recce of it.

My first Large Skipper of the year was seen in the Greenhouse Grounds, bringing this years butterfly list to 16 species so far, but Dragonflies were few and far between, with just a dozen or so White-legged Damselflies, a few Azure Damselflies, 1 Beautiful demoiselle and two Emperor Dragons found.

White-legged Damselfly. The males are 'blueing' up nicely now  :-)

Beautiful Demoiselle


Derek Faulkner said...

Had the first Meadow Brown of the year on the Swale NNR this morning.
Poised now for the Painted Lady invasion that is forecast to be as high as the 2009 one.

Warren Baker said...

Summer is creeping ever nearer, will it make it in time before Autumn gets here!

Pete Woodruff said...

Beautiful and amazing creatures in excellent images.

I can't go on keep being so kind to you with my comments Warren!!

Marc Heath said...

A nice set Warren. I really need to pencil in a visit soon. Too much to do and not enough time!

Warren Baker said...

As long as you enjoy the images pete, no comments needed :-)

Warren Baker said...

Not too many White legged Damsels about this year, and only one Beautiful Demoselle seen today!

Wilma said...

The final image is fantastic!