Yesterday morning was pretty overcast I spent some time sitting by the lake and was pleased to find that the REED BUNTINGS had been successful and at least 2 young birds were flitting around in the willow that male had been singing from earlier in the season, they stayed well within it's confines and in half an hour I only managed a couple of brief views. A GARDEN WARBLER gave a couple of agitated calls from low in the willow to. Not much else moved while I was there, a HERRING GULL flew east and a JAY swooped through and 2 CHIFFCHAFFS were the most vocal. A walk through the wood didn't produce loads either apart from again really good numbers of young BLUE and GREAT TITS, only one NUTHATCH called and I didn't hear the usual Long Tails or Marsh Tits. I did come across a nice Common Spotted Orchid which I thought had disappeared over the last couple of years, there are only 2 places in the wood they grow and there are 2 plants in one place and only one in the other, so their hold here is pretty tenuous! There were few small areas that held Ragged Robin and hopefully the Honeysuckle will have helped the White Admirals this year as there is quite a lot of it in the wood. I did have one record bird count, 20 GREYLAGS were with 6 CANADAS in Park Field. I'll look forward to an early start in the morning.
|Common Spotted Orchid|