With almost no more butterflies until we reached the other end of the wood (half a mile or so), it was nice to come across a bramble that seemed to be attracting a few different species, 2 White Admirals glided around and a Speckled Wood settled several times both Small and Green Veined White appeared as did one Silver Washed Fritillary, which declined to take a rest despite coming and going 4 or 5 times. A little higher up a small butterfly flew strongly through a gap but remained unidentified and at least 3 Beautiful Demoiselles stayed about 15 ft up in a birch.
We moved on after about 10mins and added Red Admiral and Small Skipper, before Bec spotted a small Grass Snake, which I was too slow to see!
Walking round the fields, Bec commented on how much SKYLARK song there was, they seem to have had a good season here. The highlight of the day for me came as we neared the stream, my first Marbled White for the patch flew passed about 10ft away, my 25th species at Sissinghurst and amazingly 24th this year. Unfortunately it didn't stop, hopefully there will be more. Whilst in the fields I could hear REED BUNTING and a KESTREL hunted for a short time, otherwise bird activity remained on the low side, we found Holly Blue, Large White and a single Comma before we got home.
This morning was one of those early starts for moths but a coolish night meant that numbers were low, the highlight being Small Scallop, new for the year.
|I was being watched|
Birding by 5am, it was another morning that made you feel good! WRENS were singing well in the car park and both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS weren't far away, I tried hard to get some bird pics today with lots waiting in different spots but it proved fruitless so pictures around the castle are my substitutes, so to speak!
A Turtle Dove flew over the veg. garden and could be heard purring somewhere near the offices, 2 SWIFTS also went over there, looking as if they were on a mission. A SPOT. FLY. just played a brief role in todays proceedings and I just caught sight of a TREECREEPER disappearing around one of the remaining Poplars. The KINGFISHER was sitting by the lake, although I only saw it as it darted away, otherwise the lake was fairly quiet, 2 MISTLE THRUSHES preened in the top of an Oak by the lake and someone had left a portaloo in the meadow!!!!
Despite it being so nice, or maybe because it was so nice, the hedgerows were quiet, the best bird here was a GOLDCREST. YELLOWHAMMER and REED BUNTING were ever present, both singing, either from a hedge or from the top of the wheat.
At work I finally got a couple of bird photos!!
|Green Woodies at work|