Thursday, June 05, 2008

Thursday 5th June

What a beautiful day it is today! With the Sun shining in a clear sky it is the perfect weather to try to absorb all what makes this time of the year so special…plenty of baby birds and mammals to discover, wonderful wildflowers to spot, and lots of butterflies, bugs and insects to enjoy.

7 Blackcap, 8 Chiff Chaff, and 5 Whitethroat were singing, a Goldcrest was observed collecting tiny spiders from between the needles of a Scots Pine, a Jay was seen in an Oak in the rough grassland, a Pheasant called from the area of rough grassland, a Spotted Flycatcher was spotted hunting insects from the top of an Oak, 2 Nuthatch were heard, and 3 Treecreeper could be heard singing in the Alder and Willow Carr along the River Len. The young of the following birds were also seen during my walk: Blackbirds, Mistle Thrushes, Jackdaws, Blue Tits, Robins, Chiff Chaffs, and Chaffinches.

Birds that were seen on the Lake were 34 Canada Geese including a pair with 5 Goslings, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, and the countless Mallards, Moorhens, and Coots. There were 8 Black-headed Gulls present around the 'duck feeding area', a Herring Gull flew north, a Grey Heron stood on the fallen Beech that overhangs the Lake on its western edge, and 6 Reed Warblers were heard singing around the perimeter of the Lake.

A total of 24 Banded Demoiselles were noted,

Male Banded Demoiselle

...2 Commas, a Red Admiral, a few Small Whites, 1 Peacock, and 1 Small Blue butterfly were seen,
Small Blue the rough grassland a Burnet Companion Moth posed for a photograph,

Burnet Companion
Euclidia glyphica

...the 3 Southern Marsh Orchids continue to look stunning,

...and a young Rabbit and an adult Bank Vole were seen, the latter was watched darting across one side of a footpath to the other. Also of note is the Chicken of the Woods fungi, which can be found growing on a few of the old Oaks in the Park.

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus sulphureus


Warren Baker said...

I like the demoiselle photo Simon. You had a more fruitful time of it today than I did!

John Young said...

Great selection of shots Simon. Nice day to be out and not stuck in an office.

Kingsdowner said...

Interesting all round report, and good photos!

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