Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Patch Walk - Newton St Loe

Date: 18/07/2017
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Warm, Overcast
Species Highlights: 
Buzzard, Yellowhammer, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Kingfisher.

Met a fellow birder today Paul, to show round Patch and started as the normal at the entrance to Bath Mill and walked along Brook pointing out the lack of birds, or where birds would normally be!
Very quiet apart from Wood Pigeon in trees. On up to Dog Track and through the stingers which have built up since I've been butterflying recently, nearly there just 4 species left to get!
Up onto Byway and a single Whitethroat darted into cover plus a Yellowhammer could be heard calling. The fields have been cut leaving little hope for the young Skylarks that normally can be heard on the lower fields. 
Following on around towards Seven Acre and a year tick.. for butterfly anyway on patch a Brown Argus. 

Still lovely to see. 
Red Admiral, Large and Small Whites, Comma plus Holly Blues also on bramble section.

Leaving wood behind saw a Yellowhammer on telepole calling, then flew off to join another.

Into village and House Martins still outnumbering Barn Swallows with House Martin's streaking through the skies and feed young.

Found another nest in village it seemed full of House Martins.

 On out through village and onto Fishing Lake with no fisherman for a change and Billy the Male Mute Swan still on his lonesome. 
A single Goldcrest in Yew trees but little else. Top Lake the Mute family still doing well and 6 Cygnets all present, very few Mallard and a lack of Moorhen today. 
Top End, 3 Grey Herons youngsters all practising their fishing techniques. 

But carried on to check top ponds for dragonflies of which Common Darters and a single Emperor were present. Sat and ate a sandwich and a Buzzard soared overhead.

On way Back at Top Lake, a female Tufted Duck had arrived first since March 30th, plus a fly through Kingfisher.

House Sparrow numbers in village seemed a bit low with a single Pied Wagtail Juv in with Pig's at busy Farm Shop.

At second horse fields saw 3 Kestrel, Buzzard and a few Lesser Black Backed Gull feeding in skies maybe flying ants?
Pictured below Juvenile Kestrel sat watching mum and dad in skies above.

Not a lot on rest of the way back but time of year always slow ended on a count of 37 Species. 
Butterfly species count 14 species.

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Feeder Time and Patch Wander...

Date: 10th July 2017
Location: Newton Park Lake - Return
Weather: Cloudy but Brightened to Blue Skies
Other Species: Full Sightings List

Observation: We both haven't been out on the patch recently so a walk was required, whilst Wayne had a break from Butterflies where he is currently on 55. Before we started the walk, I spent a few minutes in front the Feeders, the tree's are FULL of both adult and young birds and the feeders are emptied by them every morning!

This morning's count included: 1 Jay, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Bullfinch, 8 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Crow and 2 Wood Pigeon.

Jay (Juvenile)

Collared Dove (Adult)

Coal Tit (Juvenile)

Bullfinch (Adult Pair)

Blue Tit (Juvenile)

Goldfinch (Juvenile)

Blue Tit (Juvenile)

Onto the Walk, through Bath Mill and up the Dog Walk was very quiet, a single Chiffchaff was the best.

A single Skylark was heard singing as we crossed over into the Village. A group of 5 Collared Doves by the new cottages with calling House Sparrow's, Goldfinches and Blackbirds, along with House Martin's and Barn Swallow's soaring around by the Farm Shop.
A pair of Pied Wagtail feeding on the roofs of the Farm Shop also.

Onto the Lakes -
Bottom Lake still has the solo Mute Swan (Male), with a few Mallard one of which has a new brood of 3 ducklings.
Top Lake pretty quiet due to the water levels being low, the brood of 6 Cygnets still present with the Adult pair. A count of 45 Mallard (highest count since April), 2 Coot, 3 Grey Heron and a single Moorhen.

4 Buzzards on thermals around the Lakes also.

Before doing the return route, we had a check of the Ponds for Dragonflies. After a short wait, we got a few shots of the Emperor Dragonfly (Female) also 2 Male's present.

Also an abundance of Northern Damselflies around the Ponds.

On the return, we walked back through the Lakes, the Mute Swan brood were away from the bank so we took a few pictures.

Back at the Village, the House Sparrow were enjoying the mud pit in the Pig pen, feeding on the flies.

A single Linnet, a fly-past Kestrel and a further 2 Buzzards also seen taking the Species count to 36.

Plenty of Butterflies around today including - Red Admiral, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White and Green-Veined White.



Back onto the Feeders and a few more shots taken after the walk today.

Goldfinch (Adult)

Great Tit (Juvenile)

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