Sunday, 19 July 2015

Rain first thing this morning meant a slightly later patch visit for today, the sky brightening and sunny spells breaking through by 08:00hrs.

The three hour visit was a bit shorter than most, so not much out of the usual was noted. A BUZZARD was up over Migrant Alley, a species not seen on yesterdays full patch walk and a YELLOWHAMMER flew over, plus at least 3 SISKINS. The KESTREL family were again active around the Greenhouse Grounds, where a CHIFFCHAFF and 2 WHITETHROATS were also seen, as well as small numbers of LINNET and GOLDFINCH.

Another species not seen on yesterdays patch visit - a LITTLE OWL was heard calling as I walked through the Small Holding area and onto the Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods, where TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, STOCK DOVE, JAY, BLACKCAP, LONG TAILED TIT, COAL TIT and BULLFINCH were the pick of what was found, the latter two species were another pair not seen on yesterdays full patch walk.

The lakes were empty, but for the MOORHENS, due to the fisherman still being present.

A short time looking for Dragonflies in the Scrubby Woods provided me with good views of a pair of Brown Hawkers hunting, but they didn't stop for a photo, unlike the Southern Hawker that alighted twice for me, but I failed to get close enough for a decent shot, and lost the chance !

After my failings with the camera today, i'll have to post up some images from last Thursdays trip to the Ashdown Forest. These are images of the Small Red Damselfly and the Four Spotted Chaser  :-)


Marc Heath said...

Nice set Warren. Some quality shots there my friend.

Warren Baker said...

Thanks Marc,
Those Small Reds really are a challenge!

Pete Woodruff said...

Yes, an excellent series of images Warren.

By the way, I never thought to ask before now....why are the Wet Woods so called?

Johnnykinson said...

Those Small Reds (another species i aint seen) really are something else and beautifully captured Warren.

Warren Baker said...

The Wet Woods are so called because the woodland floor has shallow depressions that fill with water in the winter / spring :-)