Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tuesday 31st July

Today I had a late morning stroll through the park, and after a month recuperating from my op it was lovely to be back. I certainly have missed it.

With glorious sunshine the butterflies were very active. Speckled Woods, Commas, Red Admirals, Small Whites, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Small Skippers, and Holly Blues danced in the summer air. Down by the River Len Banded Demoiselles fluttered above the water, and by the Marsh and Lake edge Common Darters and Southern Hawkers hunted.

Several singing Chiff Chaffs together with the soft cooing of the Woodpigeons provided a pleasant soundtrack to my visit. Views of a pair of Wren busily supplying their youngsters with big fat caterpillars was a nice treat, a few Great Spotted Woodpeckers called, 2 Water Rails screeched from the middle of the Marsh, numerous mixed feeding flocks moved through the woods and hedges, and whilst watching the antics of a family of Grey Wagtails by the Waterfall, a Blackcap decided to burst into song.

A few of the first ripe blackberries of the year provided a juicy snack, and a chat with a birder gave me the helpful knowledge that the local Spotted Flycatchers are now out and about. Fantastic.


Anonymous said...

Hi Simon
Glad you're back on your feet!
I'm an interested photographer, who's yet to get any Wren shots! Any chance of giving me an idea where in the Moat they are please?

Simon said...

Yes. If you enter Mote Park from the Willington Street entrance opposite Downswood, after about five minutes you will cross over a bridge. If you wait patiently you will be able to get some good photos. This bridge is also the best place for getting some decent shots of Kingfishers as they move up and down the River Len. Also, if luck is on your side, you may also view a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker feeding up in the Alders.

All the best.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Simon, much appreciated!


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