Sunday, 2 April 2017

46 Species of Birds, 2 Mammals + 8 Species of Butterflies....

Date: 2nd April 2017
Location: Newton Park Lake
Weather: Blue Sky, Sunny and Warm!
Other Species: 2 Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 8 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Grey Wagtail, 8 Treecreeper, 8 Nuthatch, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Skylark
Full List of Species

Observation: Beautiful sunny skies again, so headed out to the Lake in the hope of some new butterflies. Into Bath Mill and plenty of Bee-Fly (Bombyliidae) about even managed a few shots whilst Wayne was photographing his first Orange-Tip of the year!

On up to the Dog Walk, plenty of singing Chiffchaff high in the tree's.

A suspicious looking bird landed a bit further around the Dog Walk, behaving different and although we didn't hear it sing, we have both agreed on Willow Warbler, moments later chased off by a second! (Happy to be corrected)

Plenty of birds enjoying the sunshine today!

The second of many butterfly species today, a Holly Blue! First of the year and another one ticked off already!

Crossing over into the Village, we seen 2 more Holly Blue resting.

We also spotted Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell at this point but no pictures just yet! Then.... walking through the Churchyard, a single Speckled Wood flew past us but didn't stop, another one down!

Through the Workshop Covert, the tree's were alive with singing Nuthatch, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff and Blackcap (Wayne got better pictures of this)

As we approached the Heronry, we looked back after hearing shouting, a watched the local farmer heard his sheep across the road with help from his well trained dog!
Never seen this before!

The Heronry numbers, still down, only 4 birds seen, with 3 birds on nest, hopefully they should rise soon! We did see and hear 4 Stock Dove in the same tree also.

Plenty of Buzzards overheard all day, a total of 8 seen including this one.

At the Lake, the normal species were about, unfortunately no Tufted Duck or Little Grebe seen today but our resident Mute Swan's were seen mating, and also have 2 possible nests around the Lake this year!

The single Cormorant in it's normal tree also.

Back to butterflies, more of the earlier species seen, but finally a Orange-Tip (Male) perched next to us!

Leaving the Lake a single Male Chaffinch was posing nicely for us!

Plenty of Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Song Thrush and Goldcrest around the Lake today.

We walked along the Brook, but no sign of the Dipper which was spotted a few days prior, but we will keep looking! Returning to the Village and we counted 6 Rabbits enjoying the sun in the nearby fields.

We ended the walk on 46 species of birds, 2 species of mammals and 8 species of butterfly!

A few more butterfly pictures:

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