Monday, 20 June 2016

After The Rain - Patch Walk

Date: 20th June 2016
Location: Newton Park Lake - Circular
Weather: Cloudy > Sunny Intervals > Warm
Other Species: 4 Bullfinch, 3 Collared Dove, 11+ Swift, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Song Thrush, Kestrel, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Pied Wagtail, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Mute Swan (7 Cygnets), Green Woodpecker, Greater-Spotted Woodpecker
Butterflies: 4 Large Skipper, 4 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small White
Other: 1 Toad (Baby), 1 Rabbit
Observation: With the weather due to clear up, we headed out on the patch. Starting at Sunnybank, there were only 4 Large Skippers present, giving some good views at times.

Nice to see the Bumblebee's enjoying the brief sunshine.

The Grey Wagtail's were at the Brook in Bath Mill, but could only hear them today. Up to Dog Walk, a Male Bullfinch was present along with at least 11 Swift catching flies on the Top Fields. By Seven Acre the Yellowhammers and Whitethroats were calling from the hedges along the Lanes. The last field before Pennyquick, we spotted a hovering Kestrel and both the pairs of Whitethroat and Yellowhammer were shouting their warning calls.

In the Village by the Farm Shop, the Barn Swallow's and House Martin's were buzzing around in high numbers.

The Hoverflies were taking advantage of the sun by sunning themselves on the wall at the Workshop Covert, giving some cool pictures!

At the Lakes, no sign of the Little Owl today, hopefully keeping dry from the rain! But the Mute Swans are still doing well with 7 Cygnets who are now copying Mum by stretching their wings and cleaning! Very cute!

Also at Top Lake, one of the resident Grey Heron's high in the trees, gave us some good views before flying off to feed.

3, 2, 1.......

Take-Off !!

On the Path on Top Lake, the baby Toad's were still about, as small as a thumbnail, tiny little things!

Walking back along the College Drive, a single Rabbit hiding in the undergrowth was the best to finish our walk!

Thanks For Looking !

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