Sunday, 8 May 2016

Newton St Loe At Its Best !

Date: 08/05/2016
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: 
Blue Skies, Some Wind
Other Species: 
Goldcrest, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, Skylark, House Sparrow, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, Linnet, Kestrel.
Butterflies:
Small Tortoiseshell, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Comma, Green Veined White.
Observation: 
Blue skies today so headed out as normal through Bath Mill, a Kingfisher flashed along brook with the normals in trees and up to the fields. Whitethroats, Yellowhammer and Skylarks on top fields and this cracking little Dunnock singing away competing with the Skylarks.



Still not many Butterflies about but a little windy across fields this Small White finding nector where it can, not many plants about.


On 22 bird species at this point with a surprise Sparrowhawk over Seven Acre.

At Village, House Martins and Barn Swallow screaming across the landscape, here a almost in shot! After many failed attempts.


On out through Village and Churchyard this Crow having a crafty bread roll which it must have scavenged.


Lots of Blackcap and Chiffchaff hidden now by foliage in the Covert Woodland on my way down to Fisherman's Car Park.
A quick turn right along College Drive to see Grey Herons paid off with 8 birds in nests, such great mad looking chicks !


Pre-Historic chicks !


At Lake very little Grey Wagtails the best of it, Teal seem to have departed.
A few students about making noise and off footpaths as they do ! 
So carried on out towards Stanton Prior where there was very little also, a Red Admiral first one I've seen on patch this year !


Yellowhammer, Linnet & Skylarks at Park Farm then on round to 12 O'Clock Lane where this Roe Deer looked nice surrounded by green.


Buzzard soaring across Englishcombe and a distant Kestrel, Chiffchaff as normal along lane.
Got this nice looking Female Orange Tip on wild garlic, cracking !


Carried on down lanes thinking that's it for photos and this stunning Buzzard drifted over from Pennyquick and across lanes perfect light !


Then while thinking that's definitely it a male Sparrowhawk just before road and home !
Amazing and a cracking bird to end on species count today was 40 Birds and 9 Butterflies although Butterflies seem slow to start on Patch this year ?


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