Thursday, 18 August 2016

High cloud for most of the day gave some hazy sunshine at times, when it felt warm and humid in light winds.

Once again I made a trip around the Ashes Lane Fields, Pub Field and Migrant Alley to look for passage migrant birds, in the process finding another WHINCHAT at migrant Alley, the third already this Autumn, but where are the Wheatears ?

Long spells of sky watching were also had, where I recorded HOBBY, BUZZARD, KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK for the raptors, and HERRING GULL, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and BLACK HEADED GULL for the Larids. Four CANADA GEESE were the only other flyovers of note.

SWALLOW, HOUSE MARTIN, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP and COMMON WHITETHROAT were the only other Summer birds seen this morning.


This looks to be one of the four Kestrels raised here this year



This Common Blue Butterfly was just the second recorded this year, farmer Giles has seen to it that most of the Butterfly habitat has been removed from Pittswood now :-)


Common Blue Butterfly


6 comments:

Marc Heath said...

Getting greedy with those Whinchats. I may have been adding to dragonfly knowledge today?

Marc Heath said...
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iSharkey fish said...

Bloody farmer Giles !
Nice pic of blue though

iSharkey fish said...

Bloody farmer Giles !
Nice pic of blue though

Pete Woodruff said...
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Pete Woodruff said...

Excellent to see you had another Whinchat, with Wheatears on their way Warren.I too had a Whinchat on Wednesday, always close to finding a 'mega' in my book.

As for Farmer Giles, it's not education he needs, he already has the knowledge of what damage he's doing to the natural world, but they don't give a 'truck' these farming idiots.