Tuesday, 4 June 2013

28th May- 4th June

Another Woodcock survey on Thursday produced 11 sightings, maybe just a couple of birds, plus a Hobby at 8.45pm, obviously been partying!! Back on the patch straight after the survey I managed to add TAWNY OWL (90) to the year list.
Visits have been sparse to the patch but a quick walk Saturday afternoon produced only 1 species of raptor which turned pout to be 2 RED KITE!! there were more reported in Kent all over the weekend. This morning was my next walk after checking the moths, 48 species in a couple of hours included 2 LITTLE OWLS, KINGFISHER, 3 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER and a nice family of LONG TAILED TITS. The highlight though was the 2 CROSSBILL (91) flying north.
The other outing this week was to Stodmarsh with some great company, we notched up 68 species including 13+  HOBBY, 1 BITTERN, 3 NIGHTINGALE, 3 TURTLE DOVE, 2 CUCKOO a couple of BUZZARDS and a couple of KINGFISHER being the highlights on a very enjoyable morning!

Hobby - Stodmarsh


Young  Long Tailed Tit

Lime Hawkmoth - Macro no. 100 for the year.


Pete Woodruff said...

Love the Lime Hawk Moth Alan....BRILLIANT.

Frank said...

Nice shot of the Hobby Alan. I have been watching one again at Thursley today BUT a clear image still eludes me!
Hoping to catch up with a few Nightjars on the weekend.

Mike H said...

Glad to hear the patch is still producing the goods Alan, Intend to pay a visit soon to find some Dragons. The list for Stodmarsh is pretty impressive i would think the locals would be happy with that!!

Warren Baker said...

like the Hobby shot Alan :-)

Good to here another patch report from you, I'm always interested to hear whats about.

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Some great birds there , and 68 species in a morning is great going .

Helma said...

Hi Alan,

you see always something special. Your photos I find super but above picture 3 and 4 I find really great. that for me are species that I've never seen it myself.
Regards, Helma

ShySongbird said...

Great capture of the Hobby Alan and I love that beautiful moth!

Gravel Pit Birder said...

Great pics all round there Alan. Lovely Hobby and Hawk moth....100...thats great...ive had so little success here in the garden and friends in Hastings and Horsham seem to be struggling to get anything....how do your numbers compare with other years...??
The species variety has been good at Whetsted, almost spoilt in some respects...and a Nightingale singing today was excellent cheer...

Bob Bushell said...

Wow, shot of the month, great one of the Hobby.