Saturday, May 24, 2008

Saturday 24th May

Out in Mote Park again this morning, and another beautiful day too, however, the weather wasn’t too good for butterflies with a strong wind to contend with.

7 Blackcap were singing, 2 Bullfinch were heard calling from opposite ends of the Park, a family party of Long-tailed Tits were watched as they hunted for insects in the hedge on the eastern edge of the Lake, a pair of Goldfinch were heard as they flew over, 8 Whitethroat were heard, and 1 Lesser Whitethroat was heard singing from within a Hawthorn on the Lakes western edge by the Golf Course – my first bird heard in the Spring in the Park, 2 Goldcrest were heard singing, 2 Jay were seen defending their nest against a Magpie, a Pheasant called, 2 Chiff Chaff were heard singing, a Spotted Flycatcher called from an Oak, 6 Swift and 2 House Martins were seen hunting insects, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen in a Willow by the Weir, 2 Stock Dove were heard, 2 Pied Wagtails were seen in front of Mote House, 2 Nuthatch were singing, and a young Crow was seen perched in a Sweet Chestnut.

Young Crow

Birds seen on the Lake were 2 pairs of Canada Geese both with Goslings, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebes, and the countless Mallards, Moorhens, and Coots. There were 8 Black-headed Gulls, and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Lake, 2 Grey Herons were seen, and 10 Reed Warblers were heard singing around the perimeter of the Lake.

Also of note were 2 Speckled Woods,

Speckled Wood

...several Small Whites, a Peacock butterfly,


...3 Red-eared Terrapins were seen,

Red-eared Terrapins

...3 Banded Demoiselles and a Mayfly were seen in the wet meadow on the edge of the River Len...

Banded Demoiselle

Ephemera danica

...and 3 Southern Marsh Orchids were in flower.

Southern Marsh Orchid
Dactylorhiza praetermissa


Steve said...

some nice pics today simon - like the SM Orchids...

John Young said...

Hi Simon, agree with Steve some great photos. My favourite is the banded demoiselle. Cheers, John

Warren Baker said...

You had an interesting day Simon. The Nuthatch havn't been seen or heard on my patch for a couple of weeks now.

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