Thursday 28 June 2012

A bit of interest from my walk in to work this morning was finding the first TREECREEPER fledglings of the year, at least two were being brought food as they hid in a shrub border at the College Grounds, also a tight flock of 48 BLACK HEADED GULLS flew over, a huge number for this area in June!

It was warm, humid and very sticky this afternoon, a bit of a breeze blew up whilst I was out, which brought variable amounts of cloud cover, but it stayed dry!  I walked the Tree Nursery looking for any signs of  the first Gatekeeper or Small Skipper Butterflies, but none have emerged just yet, instead the whole field was brimming with Meadow Browns, I would estimate a couple of hundred were in the 16 acres of Tree Nursery, the only other butterflies seen were a couple of Large Skippers, a bit disappointing given the fine weather, but I suppose the likes of Common Blue, Small Copper and Brown Argus are now in between broods. Lots of White-legged Damselflies were about, and a few Common Blue Damsels as well.

Up above me I heard a commotion as a HERRING GULL was frantically calling, it was mobbing a COMMON BUZZARD, a little later a long loose flock of at least 80 Herring Gulls were seen heading south, as well as two LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS.

I spent just half an hour more out on my patch, looking over the Greenhouse Grounds where BLACKCAP, WHITETHROAT, LESSER WHITETHROAT and CHIFFCHAFF were all singing, a SKYLARK was also heard up over the sheep pasture in the adjacent Migrant Alley, and the SPARROWHAWK put in his daily visit, but no Kestrel today.

I was home by 16:00hrs, the reason being I thought it would be better to go out when it cools down this evening, I'll post tomorrow what I see later this evening!
Large Skipper
Meadow Brown
Common Blue Damsel
White-legged Damsel


Greenie said...

Warren ,
Not a bad judge leaving it till evening , that was really hot today . If it hadn't been for the wind , we would have all fried .Lots of Skylarks at Lullingstone , not a lot besides .

ShySongbird said...

Great photos again Warren, love the Large Skipper on the flower! Good to hear of the Treecreeper fledglings :-)

It was very humid here too yesterday but just so good to have a fair bit of sunshine! Cooler and dull here today and I see spots of rain on the window as I write this :-(

Chris said...

Fledging creeper! Excellent Wareen... I'm just coming from Panama where I saw a lot... But while i was away, everything went vey fast here and youngsters are there already!

Rohrerbot said...

That shot of the Large Skipper is wonderful!!! I also have a hard time with the humidity. Not my favorite:)