Sunday 10 June 2012

The wind had dropped out overnight, so this morning whilst out on my patch visit I could here a pin drop, but I couldn't see a thing due to the dense fog!  The fog did clear around 08:00hrs however, and it brightened up for a few hours guessed it........ more rain came in  :-(

Before the rain arrived I recorded a much larger list of species than yesterday, 48 in all, nothing was seen that hasn't already been recorded this month, but I did find the first confirmed successful breeding for GOLDCREST, when two adults were seen feeding at least 3 young at the Scrubby Woods. Also here, without the roar of the wind through the trees today, I was also able to hear NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER and COAL TIT, as well as enjoy some song from BLACKCAPS, CHIFFCHAFFS, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, WREN, CHAFFINCH, BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, and most enjoyable of them all, TURTLE DOVES. The nearby lakes were almost deserted today, but the COOTS continue to bring up their two young, with the only company for them being a single CANADA GOOSE and two MOORHEN.

The only other place on my patch that was yielding any number of birds was the College Grounds, where a pair of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS were seen, but they are starting to get more elusive now, as they begin to nest build. The young of BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, CHAFFINCH, Dunnock, Robin, Songthrush, STARLING, JACKDAW, MAGPIE, PIED WAGTAIL and LINNET were all seen here, as well as the other regulars, like GREENFINCH, GREEN WOODPECKER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, JAY, MISTLE THRUSH, and another two TURTLE DOVES, yet another Turtle Dove was seen at the top of an electricity pylon behind the wooded headland at Migrant Alley, where it sang loudly.

A few flyover species were noted today, BLACK HEADED, HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, a BUZZARD and a GREY HERON, multiple sightings of SPARROWHAWK and KESTREL were also seen.

I ended my visit in the Tree Nursery, where two pairs of WHITETHROAT were actively singing, but I was mainly there to get some photo's for todays blog, as I had until then not pointed the camera at anything, apart from the Iris at the top of the page, which was in the College Gardens.

The Tree Nursery yielded the usual White Legged Damselfly, plus a couple of Butterflies and moths, one that needs IDing.............
Common Blue Butterfly
Brown Argus Butterfly
Cinnabar Moth
Yellow Shell Moth
When I returned home, there was a Juv. Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding on my peanut feeder, not a good photo, but it was down the end of the garden and under my Elder tree in the gloom  :-)
Juv. Great Spotted Woodpecker


Marc Heath said...

How 2 places can be so different. Probably the best weather of the year this morning, hard to see where the sea ended and the sky began, so calm was the sea. Back to work tomorrow fo us all then.

ShySongbird said...

I suspect someone else will have already identified your moth but it is the Yellow Shell and very attractive it is too.

Lovely photo of the Cinnabar Moth and the juvenile GSW

I only went 6 or 7 miles down the road and got wet only to find no rain when I got back!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Coo that Cinnabar's bright! The other moth is a Yellow Shell

Iris's are nice too got em in the garden here but they got a bit bruised and battered yesterday



Greenie said...

Warren ,
You've probably had a hatful of IDs already , but Yellow Shell for the moth , but never take my word alone on a 'moff' ID !

Warren Baker said...

Thanks Greenie, Davo and last but not least Songbird for the Moth Id. Yellow Shell it is then :-)