Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday 30th May

A gorgeous early summer’s day was enjoyed today. I wasn’t able to get out until just gone 9am, so unfortunately bird sightings were lower than usual.

Speckled Wood

At least 3 Blackcaps, 5 Chiff Chaffs, and 7 Whitethroats could be heard singing, a Treecreeper called from along the River Len, 2 Stock Dove called, 2 Green Woodpeckers were heard, a Coal Tit called from the Yews behind Mote House, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers called from along the River Len, a Jay flew north out of the Oak wood, 4 Goldcrests could be heard singing, and a few Swifts distant screams could be heard from way up in the sky above me.

A Kingfisher was noted along the River Len, in the marsh area a Reed Bunting was singing amongst 4 Reed Warbler, 4 more Reed Warblers were singing from around the Lake, and of particular note on the Lake were 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 4 Mute Swans, and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. At least 14 Black-headed Gulls were also on the Lake.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Butterflies recorded came in the form of 2 Holly Blues, 5 Speckled Woods, 4 Small Whites, 4 Painted Ladies, 1 Large White and 1 Comma. A male Banded Demoiselle was ‘dancing’ in the air by the old carriage bridge along the River Len, and 6 Common Blue and 3 Azure Damselflies were found along the Lake’s eastern edge. A Slowworm was seen in the grassland north of the Len, and both woods were alive with the calls of young Great and Blue Tits.

Azure Damselfly


Warren Baker said...

....and more of the same tomorrow!!

Simon said...

I wish!!...I'm working tomorrow all day.

Steve said...

For a late start you had a decent haul. Nice Speckled Wood.

Adam said...

So warm you thought is was June! Nice pics as always.


Greenie said...

Simon ,
I think the Painted Lady invasion has slowed right down now , so good to get the record .
As you say , lots of young Tit families around .
Still plenty of migrant's song about .

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Simon. Not a bad day, and some nice pictures.

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