|Honey Buzzard! (yesterday)|
This morning was the first time I'd been up to record the moths for over a week, they were pretty thin on the ground, Straw Underwing being the most common moth with probably not more than 20 individuals.
Back to the birds, at least 10 GOLDFINCH were in the Silver Birches at the top of the car park where a family of 4 BLACKCAP were diving in and out the now ripening Elderberries. I heard a distant GREY HERON but couldn't see it and the first of 3 HERRING GULLS flew north west. Overall activity was a bit less today, a total of 7 WILLOW WARBLERS was notable with a couple going into a little subsong and a TURTLE DOVE was species number 68 for the month.
I did tear myself away from the hedges for a while and visited the lake, where a KESTREL flew through. Into the wood and I could hear LONG TAILED TITS, MARSH TIT and TREECREEPER, best of all here were 3 young SPARROWHAWKS heard begging for food, I did see one bird briefly but they remained mostly hidden, sounding like they had found an Oak tree each to call from. JAYS were also noisy and I came across 2 family parties in different parts of the wood and as in another blog I read, GREEN WOODPECKERS were everywhere. Lastly back at the car park a LITTLE OWL disappeared into an Ash tree before I headed off to work. (click on pics for larger image).
|Young Green Woodpecker|