Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Patch Tick 87: Sedge Warbler

Date: 21/06/2016
Location: Patch - Boathouse Loop
Weather: Drizzle > Grey Clouds (It's June!)
Other Species: Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Jay, Linnet, Swift,  Skylark, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Coal Tit. 
32 Species Total.

Headed out as the normal through Bath Mill with the drizzle to keep me company! Chiffchaff, Robin and Dunnock calling and singing along brook. Up on to Dog Track, Song Thrush and more Chiffchaff, also a family of Long Tailed Tits stopped briefly. 

Skylark fewer today singing with Yellowhammer and Whitethroat skulking in bushes. Quite a few Swift racing across the skies.

Few butterflies although not many Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-Veined Whites, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood & Meadow Browns. 

At Seven Acre could hear gunshots from lower fields so thought I'd investigate and carried on down the Conservation Path towards the Globe Pub, a very pretty path!

Could see gunman parked up in fields that go under railway shooting Wood Pigeon or trying... Carried on along footpath across bypass and on to River Avon. Lots of Damselflies along river including this, I think White Legged? 

Not many birds spotted these Crows one begging making a right racket !

But was thinking at least there's plenty of Dragons about these great looking Black Tailed Skimmer  

Even got a flight shot !

Then as I rounded the bend in river saw a Sedge Warbler! Whoohoo! Couldn't focus at first and this youngster flew off after 2 pictures, turned around and from very small selection of reeds could hear more. At least 3 in total.

Sat down on grass and listened to them, then one popped up!

As you can see a beak full, but still managed to give its warning call. With this excellent bird takes our patch list to 87 birds! 
Years total so far is 75 smashing last year total! it's only June!!

After that excitement headed home with not much else seen. At home Bullfinch, Coal Tit, plus the stacks of Blue Tits & Great Tits on feeders.
Our Pond doing really well this year also with plenty of Damselflies mostly Common Blue and Small Red, plus Broad Bodied Dragonflies and today our first Emperor.

Very busy laying eggs, ready for next year.

So today an excellent day I'd say apart from weather a new tick always good and getting closer to that 100 mark ! 

Thanks For Looking !

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