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

6 comments:

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.

Adam

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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