Friday 27 May 2016

It was a mainly overcast morning with a few bright spells, but feeling quite pleasant in warmer temperatures.

I undertook a 5 hour full patch walk this morning, plus had another visit to the Scrubby Woods to look for Odonata this afternoon, which was reasonable, with Azure and White-legged Damselflies seen, plus a few very wary Beautiful demoiselles and a glimpse of a Downy Emerald dragonfly. More notable was adding TAWNY OWL to the days list which called twice at 14:30hrs, plus I found TREECREEPER and STOCK DOVE that weren't recorded this morning, taking the days tally to 49 bird species, a decent result.

With the other Owl species to be found on my patch, the LITTLE OWL, seen again at the Small Holding, plus all four Tit and Finch Species to be found here as well as the GREAT SPOTTED and GREEN WOODPECKERS, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST and JAY, all species that can be hard to record at this time of year, meant just about everything that could be seen was seen  :-)

Summer species are still limited to SWALLOW, CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, WHITETHROAT and fly over SWIFTS. Other notables were the 26 GREYLAG GEESE on the paddocks at Migrant Alley, along with 7 CANADA GEESE, plus the KESTREL pair at the Greenhouse Grounds and 4 BUZZARDS up over the Ashes Lane Field. The fresh cut silage crop on the pub Field had attracted three HERRING GULLS, not common here at this time of year.

I didn't find any more new species for the patch successfully bred list, but watched a COAL TIT pair taking food to their nest and also watched the MISTLETHRUSH pair taking food to their nest in the Wet Woods, I can just see that there are two, maybe three, almost ready to fledge young in it.

Just one photo today, the dragonflies are proving very hard to approach!

White-legged Damselfly

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