Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Wednesday 5th August

Despite the sky being overcast today the light remained bright, and by mid-morning the air was rather humid. Compared to the past few visits there was a lot more bird activity today, with plenty of mixed feeding flocks passing through the many parkland trees and hedgerows.

A Goldcrest was heard calling from a Yew along Laurel Walk, and, also along Laurel Walk, was a family of Bullfinch – 2 adults and 2 young. The hedgerow and scrub lining the eastern side of the Lake was alive with small birds, amongst the tits and finches were at least 6 Chiff Chaffs and 2 Willow Warblers. 9 Nuthatch were heard, 5 Green Woodpeckers were noted, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker were heard, 2 Treecreeper called from the Alder Carr, and another 2 Bullfinch were seen by the Georgian Steps.

Adult Spotted Flycatcher

In the area of parkland between the Lake and the west side of Mote House it was fantastic to discover a pair of Spotted Flycatcher with 5 youngsters. On several occasions this summer I thought I had heard a Spotted Flycatcher in this area so it is great to confirm that they have successfully raised a brood this year. The adult birds could be seen darting out from tree branches to pick up flies and then swiftly flitting back to the young, constantly producing a loud ticking call all the time.

Young Spotted Flycatcher

Whilst standing on the old carriage bridge a Kingfisher shot past flying up-river, a Grey Heron was perched in a willow on the Golf course side of the Lake, 3 Reed Warblers were heard singing, and on the Lake were at least 8 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Mute Swans, 14 Canada Geese, a Lesser Black-backed Gull was flying over the Weir end of the Lake, and at least 25 Black-headed Gulls were noted. Whilst standing on the Weir a group of 20+ Swallows were seen passing through, flying in from the north low over the water taking a sip or two, and then lifting up into the sky heading southwards.

Banded Demoiselle

Without the sun shining, butterflies were quite hard to come by. Overall 2 Meadow Browns, 6 Gatekeepers, 4 Small Whites, 2 Painted Ladies, and 2 Speckled Woods were seen. At least 11 Banded Demoiselles were seen, and 1 female Common Darter and 4 adult Slowworms were found in the grassland north of the Len.


Greenie said...

Simon ,
Well done finding the Spotted Flycatchers , and great that they have fledged five .
3 really good shots there .

Warren Baker said...

Just catching up on all the blogs! Well done on those Spot Fly's Simon. Got some good pics too!

Adam said...

Nice pics of the Spotted Flys Simon. Where's the Honey Buzzard pic?!

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