|This is the tiny 'micro' Hawthorn Moth (please correct me if this is wrong)|
|Just to give a size comparison!|
My eyes were still a bit blurry but I started my birding walk close to 5am. A LESSER WHITETHROAT really gave me the run around, singing from various bushes and circling me a couple of times as I tried to get a photo!!!
|This is the best I could do!!|
A flock of around 16 GOLDFINCHES were around the veg garden and several GREENFINCHES were whizzing around. SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS were represented by 4 birds this morning and from their locations it could be that we do have 3 pairs, as a bird appeared away from where the others are normally seen.
|This little chap looks proud to be a Robin!|
I had about 3 hours of watching before work and although there were no new birds, I did manage 50 species this morning and I doubled the normal daily allowance of gulls which instead of one Herring was 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED, another thing I noticed were a few flocks of STARLINGS all flying north-west with about 20 birds in each flock.
It was pleasing to see a KESTREL, which was the first one since I got back from Morocco, which seems a very long time ago now. MARSH TIT and LONG TAILED TIT were both seen and a young GREY HERON was by the lake.
The noise around the fields was tremendous, SKYLARKS were as yesterday just filling the air with song, today interspersed with YELLOWHAMMER, GARDEN WARBLER and 2 COMMON WHITETHROATS. 4 HOUSE MARTINS flew west and a single SWIFT was seen as I followed 3 CORMORANTS along the valley.
I actually saw a few butterflies this morning my Small Skipper of the year, 2 Meadow Browns and a Large White, ok not many but I was happy :-) Stephen was out and about this morning and he had CROSSBILLS over and a SPARROWHAWK to add to the tally.