|Green Silver Lines|
|Thistle Ermine (micro)|
While checking the moths a CUCKOO sang almost constantly and a LITTLE OWL called from a nearby line of oaks, it was great way to start the day. A TURTLE DOVE purred somewhere near the bridleway and the SKYLARKS were really going for it with as many as 6 in the air at once. I took a look around the car park and found a GARDEN WARBLER feeding on wild cherries, 2 MISTLE THRUSHES chased each other through the top of the trees and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER crossed the car park on more than one occasion.
|Garden Warbler (click for larger image)|
By the moat, I stopped to try and get photos of 2 NUTHATCHES that were low down in the oaks that line the banks but they either stopped in the shade or I wasn't quick enough when they did come out in the open!! I briefly heard a SPOT. FLY. here but couldn't locate it. At the lake 2 GREY HERONS flew up and another Garden Warbler was singing well from the undergrowth.
Out to the fields next, and I stood listening to a warbler 'tacking', it didn't sound right for Blackcap or Common Whitethroat, so I stuck with it, eventually a LESSER WHITETHROAT came fleetingly into view. I was around 50yards from the stream but the KINGFISHER was heard a couple of times, 3 CORMORANTS flew south east and I came across two young REED BUNTINGS in the hedge which were soon joined by the adults. I ended on 45 species an average total but without actually going into the wood this morning quite pleasing, I did see a single Red Admiral and Meadow Brown, I mention it only because butterflies are few and far between walking early in the morning as I do.