|Canary Shouldered Thorn|
Always when there aren't many moths it's not a total disappointment because it means more time birding! The car park held several BLACKCAPS a GARDEN WARBLER, WILLOW WARBLER, 8 GOLDFINCH, YELLOWHAMMER, GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER plus a fly through female SPARROWHAWK, to name just a few, so was generally pretty busy. A PIED WAGTAIL flew over high south-east and a GOLDCREST quietly called from a hedge as I headed down towards the lake. The lake remains reasonably quiet, MOORHEN and MALLARD still being the mainstay on the waterbird front.
There were a few little gatherings of birds in the hedgerows, the first group consisted of GREAT TITS, BLUE TITS, several CHAFFINCHES, at least 6 WHITETHROATS, GARDEN WARBLER and SEDGE WARBLER. When I was over halfway round I realised I hadn't seen or heard a SKYLARK, a quick scan found 3 birds not singing but chasing around about 20ft up over the hay meadow. The next little group of birds was more bunting orientated with around 8 YELLOWHAMMERS and 3 REED BUNTINGS, also here were another 4 WHITETHROATS and my third sighting of GARDEN WARBLER this morning, this time a family group of 5 birds! As ever, I scanned the skies here and there, they produced 3 BLACK HEADED GULLS, 1 HERRING GULL and a CORMORANT, while watching the Garden Warblers a KINGFISHER called and was glimpsed hurtling along the stream.
|A young hedge recreating boundaries from the 1800's|
|Currently my favourite Yellowhammer!|
As I neared the top of the tree-lined bridleway another little flock of birds were busying themselves in the Ash trees, here there were about 20 BLUE TITS, 2 CHIFFCHAFFS and another WILLOW WARBLER. I met Stephen briefly who had seen 2 Sedge Warblers on Saturday and had just been watching some young MARSH TITS but had seen little else of note.
I headed back to the car park where it was still quite lively, a family of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS were high up in a birch with 3 more WILLOW WARBLERS for company. I got a text whilst on my way to work, Stephen had a fly over Green Sandpiper after I left, which makes a combined total of 107 species between us this year for the site.