Thursday, 4 June 2015

Meanwhile Back On Our Patch !

Date: 04/06/2015

Location: Patch - Newton St Loe 
Observation: With all the excitement of Bempton and our Yorkshire trip fading time to do a patch walk.
Work still hectic at Newton Mill with workmen everywhere ! Not many butterflies on Bank, don't think we'll see Marbled Whites this year :( Walking through could here lots of birds though mostly Robins, Blackbirds, Chaffinch on up to Dog Walk there was Blackcap high in trees and well hidden but not much else. On lanes to Seven Acre Yellowhammer and as usual get about 25ft distance and off they go ! 

While watching 4 Skylark's soared in sky all singing frantically,
This another terrible shot of sky bound lark !

This female Yellowhammer let me get a bit closer, Cheers !

Pheasant making a break for it !

Then todays Highlight a Large Skipper on Stony Lane! Only managed a couple of shots before it disappeared. Seen last year on 26th June 2014.

Barn Swallows at Village with young around 40 swallows, also a charm of Goldfinch feeding in road, quiet out through church yard and to fishing lake which was full of fishermen and 4 Mute Swans, Carp looked like they were spawning on Top Lake.

On Top Lake the Mute Swan sat on nest  ! 

1 Egg !! Was wondering where the rest have gone and then ........

After I watched her stand up and really sort nest out by pulling large bits of reed and grass on top of nest she sailed off to reveal 5 cygnets !! No ideal where they were hiding was watching for around 10 minutes never saw any signs of cygnets, will check on last egg next week, but think its a dud :(  still 5 out 6 not bad ! :)

Weather: Blue Skies + Sunny 
Other Species: Blackcap, Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Buzzard, Goldcrest - Plus the usual.
Butterflies: Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Brimstone, Peacock, Tortoiseshell.

 Thanks For Looking !

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