Thursday, 18 August 2016

Hobby on Patch, a highlight for sure!

Date: 18/08/2016
Location: Newton St Loe - Patch
Weather: Blue Skies + Warm
Other Species: 
Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldcrest, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, House Sparrow, Hobby, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Linnet, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Raven, Yellowhammer, Spotted Flycatcher, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Starling - 45 Total Species.
Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone - 8 Species
Plus: Rabbit, Hare and a Roe Deer.

First off Tawny Owl calling from home car park last night, Female.
Headed out through Bath Mill today and Goldcrest along brook along with Greenfinches up to Dog track. A few Butterflies still about with Common Blue making appearance.

Really liked this Speckled Wood perch.

Carried on up and towards Seven Acre I met Robert Hargreaves, on seeing something move in field saw Rabbit first then...

We thought Grey Partridge but turns out to be just female Pheasants :( 2 Swift high up also House Martins smaller numbers than a week ago.
on 16 Species at Pennyquick cross roads normally 22 on average, but on into Village and Barn Swallow number still good.

With adults feeding youngsters on tele wires and in Walnut tree in Village.

While looking for Hundrines high up saw a Hobby !! 
Brilliant news and takes year patch total to 78 beating last years total by 4 already!

Hobby hawking maybe looking for a slow House Martin or Swallow?  
Refuelling for its long journey ahead!

In Newton Farm Shop sheds still a few Barn Swallow looking very young.

Mum and Dad feeding regularly but still a few days for these to be ready to migrate the 55,000 miles to South Africa!

On out to Lakes and the Mute Swans this year still with 7 Cygnets although 6 here and one on top lake with Dad. 
Also seen on Lower Lake, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tits and Chiffchaff.

While sat on Top Lake this Roe Deer wandered down to lakeside, unusual! Luckily no dog walkers today in fact no one here today. 
Also Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Coot, Mallard and Moorhens.

Left Robert at Lake and carried on up to Park Farm where heard Raven saw Yellowhammers and Chiffchaff. Also thought it was a Stonechat but  just a juvenile Robin feeding in Broad Bean field.

After Park Farm with Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove, a big flock of Goldfinch numbers around 20+ very little until iI was overlooking College where I saw distantly 4 Flycatchers and a flock of 6 Mistle Thrush.

Here a little closer.
Overall a good walk today with 45 species seen with some good birds on walk didn't mention at least 6 Buzzards seen as well. Carried on down lanes and home :)

Before we go, yesterday went to Sand Point in search of the elusive Clouded Yellow but didn't see one but did see....

a cracking Sparrowhawk, shame I couldn't quite get it in focus!

A group of Feral Pigeon or Rock Dove on Coastline.

9 species of Butterfly including Common Blue, Meadow Browns and 2 stunning Wall Butterflies! 
Such great under wings on these.

Plus this Brown Argus with a strange aberration. Maybe a little worn as well. 

After leaving hillside and returning along beach saw these little crackers, Starling so underrated, Juvenile and Adults both stunning! 

Thats it for this week bye for now :)

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