I got round for another full patch walk today when the 5 hour visit produced 46 bird species, as well as my first Common Darter dragonfly and large skipper Butterfly of the year. Just about all the regular and common bird species were found today, apart from a swift.
The highlight of the visit was, undoubtedly, hearing, then locating, a TURTLE DOVE (63) at the scrubby Woods, this is the first I have heard singing since last year, but how many years are left for me to hear the ''purring'' of this once common summer migrant ? I fancy it will be extinct as a breeding species in England within the next five years :-(
The wooded areas of my patch also provided NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH, STOCK DOVE, JAY, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, MISTLETHRUSH, SONGTHRUSH, BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF, as well as the more common species.
The best that the farmland areas of my patch could muster were - LINNET, SKYLARK, WHITHROAT and SWALLOW.
The three local raptor species of BUZZARD, SPARROWHAWK and KESTREL were all seen up hunting, a check of the latter species' fledged young was made, but I still only found the one.
I was lucky enough to find another Black Tailed Skimmer at the ashes Lane Field, an immature, which I got a shot of.......
Immature Black Tailed Skimmer
Might as well show a few images from my Wales trip as well..............