There wasn't much to attract my attention as I walked through the wet woods, but as I neared the lake i picked up two new species for July, a BULLFINCH (42) calling from the dense brambles, and a whole family of CANADA GEESE (43) that were on the water.
I spent a couple of hours wandering around the area, and managed just two more new species for the month, those being TREECREEPER (44) and NUTHATCH (45). A Comma Butterfly was also seen, my first for a couple of months.
I found this Juv. JAY sitting quietly, waiting to be fed, another for the confimed breeding list.
Also, as I picked my way the nettles, I stumbled upon this little chap. A right little baby killer if ever I saw one, I took my photo's and made a quick exit before he could savage me :-)
Once I was sure I had made good my escape, I carried on my bussiness, below is the Comma Butterfly. I had a good look at the Oak trees for Purple hairstreaks, but none were found - maybe a bit later.
As I made my way out of the scrub and passed the lake, I saw this MOORHEN, well away from the safety of the water - look out mate there's a huge, big vicious animal in there with dripping fangs!
I walked home through the tree nursery, and had a spell of Skywatching. The hoped for KESTREL (46) flew over, but little else, just a few HERRING GULL and 4 BLACK HEADED GULL.
So just 5 new species to add to July, but another was on the cards when I got home. I went to the kitchen to get a drink, and in doing so flushed up all the COLLARED DOVES from around the garden feeders, and what was with them ? A TURTLE DOVE (47) no less! Only the 3rd recorded in my garden in 10 years :-)
Wow that little red fellow is beautiful! Like you said look at his eyes! Cute, sweet but I guess he would have easily eaten a Birding Warren ;-)
Well done on the Moorhen shot, it is very nice...
I love when you say that you did not see anything really interesting as all these species are not present over here ;-)
So how do you know about hair dryers then , something to share with us ?
Great Fox shots .
Greenie, I confess to having a full head of hair ......once!
you have some lovely shots there warren, baby jay one especially, never seen a baby one before!
Nice one Warren. I`ve all on seeing a Fox, never mind photographing one.
Wonderful photos of the foxes. My favorite is of the Moorhen! Cool shot!
Beautiful photos of the sweet little fox, so glad it didn't savage you :) are you and I being ever so slightly cynical about something Warren?
A Turtle Dove in the garden! As Phil and I know they are only a myth you must have imagined it :)
Love the fox shot - you had a lucky escape there ;-)
Cracking shots of the fox.
All that hysteria about foxes on the news made me want to scream. The anti-fox brigade just love something like that to get their teeth into. :-(
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