Sunday, 31 July 2016

8 Spotted Flycatchers!! On Patch

Date: 31/07/2016
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Blue Skies, Bright Sunshine!
Other Species: 
Jay, Chaffinch,Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Buzzard, Kestrel, Blackcap, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 
Mute Swan, Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Raven, Rook, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit.
41 Species 

Butterflies: 
Comma, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Peacock, Speckled Wood. 
11 Species  

Observation:
Out through Bath Mill with not a lot along Brook, up on to fields Whitethroat and Yellowhammer present although only singles. A few Butterflies on corner of Seven Acre. Holly Blues present around 3,  plus Comma and Small Tortoiseshell.


Quite a few Red Admirals around lately.
Was amazed at the underwing colour so beautiful!


2 Buzzards overhead and normal stuff at Village. Met Robert at Send a Cow as yesterday he reported 10 Spotted Flycatcher at Lakes!! I know 10!
Bottom Lake, Mute Swans with Cygnets still 7 doing really well this year, we then watched Cygnets waddle up steep bank towards Top Lake, all of the little ones stopped at Top collapsed for a rest before swimming off in to Top Lake. 
Then on corner we saw at least 5 Spotted Flycatcher! 
Juveniles amongst them WooHoo! 


Very busy with Flycatchers honing their skills and catching flies as they do!


Going through report from 1970's and previous breeding success was around 12 birds, so Robert seeing 10 birds not unusual although for the last few years I've only ever seen singles.

Today we saw a total count of 8 birds in different locations! 


This one seems to taking an interest in the Chiffchaff.


A really great bird to have on Patch and nice to watch buzzing above the trees.


Doing the cheeky over the shoulder shot!  
Only 1 Grey Heron and few House Martins buzzing over lake also.


After second Lake into old Nature Reserve part saw a 3 more Spotted Flycatchers here also a very shy Marsh Tit having a clean and Buzzard overhead mewing at something?


At football pitches this Roe Stag didn't spot us as we opened kissing gate but soon darted off. 
Pied Wagtail family still feeding here with 5 birds in total. 2 Raven overhead also a family of  Rooks, we parted ways here I carried on to Marksbury and Robert returned to Village. My only other spot was a pair of Kestrels. But a great walk with some nice company! 

I will return out to Lake to check up on Flycatchers when weather permits as rain forecast.


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