Friday, 10 June 2016

Once again it was cloudy but bright this morning, the best of the sunshine being reserved for the afternoon.

A bit of interest from last evening - the first TAWNY OWLS (58) of the month were heard as listened from my upstairs window around 23:00hrs, both male and female seemed to be calling from somewhere near the Wet Woods, at one point a LITTLE OWL was also heard.

I was out for just under 3 hours this morning, when I first paid a visit to the greenhouse Grounds to see if there was any action at the Kestrel nest box, but despite waiting around for an hour, no food was brought in, the female sat 50 meters away on one of the greenhouses resting up. As I waited around for the Kestrels I did a bit of sky watching over Migrant Alley, but only SWIFTS, SWALLOWS and a few passage HERRING GULLS were noted. Out on the sheep pasture the first CARRION CROW young of the year were seen, mixed in with the ROOK young, adults from both species were busy foraging for their respective offspring.

Over in the Woods I recorded my first GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER fledgling of the year, ( one also visited my garden feeders with an adult later in the day) Not much else was of note though, just the usual stuff. Walking back home through the Ashes Lane Field I noted the first Meadow Brown Butterfly of the year, also a Four Spotted Dragonfly was seen.

Meadow brown Butterfly


Derek Faulkner said...

A nice early Meadow Brown, none on the Swale so far but several Small Heaths.

Warren Baker said...

This was the second earliest I have recorded :-)