Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Swallows Return

Date: 19/04/2016
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Blue skies and warm
Other Species: Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, Whitethroat (Male), Blackcap, Skylark, 7 Barn Swallow, Coal Tit - Of Note 
Butterflies: 3 Peacock, 2 Small White, 2 Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone.
Observation: 
With the light looking nice and not many birds on feeders apart from the Coal Tit.


And the always present Goldfinches



I had a spare hour so headed out through Bath Mill with Chiffchaff singing merrily along brook, and on Dog Track with at least 5 and Blackcap also in song. One particular Chiffy didn't seem to worry that I was stood 10ft from him.


And after many pictures of him decided to leave him to it .


Skylark although not as many as other years were up singing, 3 Euro Peacocks Butterflies flitting together along lane and the fields in full bloom of Oilseed Rape.



Then I heard a song I haven't heard this year, a Whitethroat !!


Didn't stay very still but patch tick (number 69!), 
Doing well this year, A record year? One can only hope !


A Kestrel and 3 Buzzards soaring on thermals not much else along towards Pennyquick.
But in Village good news, the Swallows have returned !!



The Barn Swallow have returned, there were just 2, this one having a good stretch and well deserved !


But numbers now up to 7, I'm sure more to arrive soon.



Hawking around horse fields and their voices a great sound to be heard !


 Although a short walk bird numbers good with 24 species seen. With also a Butterfly tick as well Brimstone on Sunnybank (That's the bank just inside Bath Mill, off Newton Road) 
Total butterfly species this year on patch 6.




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