Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sun 31st Jul

A year tick! Finally caught up with Garden Warbler in bushes on rhs 50m beyond the dragonfly pond, together with pr of Blackcap and a Lesser Whitethroat and a juv Wren. Not heard GW singing at Cossie so guess cd be passing thro'. Further Lesser Whitethroat in bushes by the Dovecote field. Green Peckers very vocal but not seen.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Ringed LBB Gulls seen recently

15th Jun: 2 birds:
Red Darvic left tarsus, white characters 5NF, metal right tarsus - apparently ringed in Mold, Flintshire
Dark Blue Darvic left tarsus - white characters 3UF, metal right tarsus - prob from Ireland.
1st Jul: 1 bird:
Yellow Darvic L tarsus - black characters 5PF, metal R tarsus - Severn Estuary Gull Group
12th Jul: 3 birds:
Dark Blue w white 3UF as above
Dark Blue Darvic with white 2UF - again, Ireland
Yellow Darvic black 5PF as above

Mon 26th Jul

Beautiful day. This Holly Blue settled long enough for a quick grab shot with my compact Olympus u-Tough.

Holly Blue - note the silvery, relatively unmarked underwing

Other butterflies seen - Gatekeeper, Comma, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Small and Large White. Also Common Darters now flying and a couple of Emperors at the dragonfly pond. Bird-wise a couple of Swifts flew over, 2 imm and 1 ad Buzzard circling over Cogan Wood and doing a lot of mewing, and 40 big Carp surface basking by the main bridge. The imm GCG's are still very vocal [3 pairs with young]. Also what is prob a second Mallard brood of tiny downy chicks.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Late news for Sat 23rd Jul

Joek Roex and Steve Howcroft had 7 Crossbill fly over, calling, by the dragonfly pond, and a Common Sand was calling by West Lake.

Mon 25th

Been away for a few days. Pleasant but quiet this morning - in a 40 min walk around I did not hear one single solitary vocalisation apart from occasional LBBG calls - it was deathly quiet bird-wise. 10 Tufted Duck W lake and 2 on E lake. About 30 Sand Martin fed over W lake briefly then moved on, plus a few imm Swallow. Quite a lot of Gatekeepers on the wing still - are these 2nd generation?

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Weds 20th

Only 8 Tufties today on W lake. A few Swift and House Martin, Green 'Pecker near the dragonfly pond, small flock of Linnet including a stunning male, imm male Blackcap, and a pair of Bullfinch. A few Gatekeepers on the wing. Other than that pretty boggy after the downpour this morning.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

18th July

12 Tufted Ducks were on West Lake, a sign of approaching autumn. 3 broods of Gt Crested Grebe have survived to more or less adult stage, and also a brood of 2 Little Grebe chicks. Black-headed Gulls are beginning to reappear after their summer absence.