Monday, 10 July 2017

Feeder Time and Patch Wander...

Date: 10th July 2017
Location: Newton Park Lake - Return
Weather: Cloudy but Brightened to Blue Skies
Other Species: Full Sightings List

Observation: We both haven't been out on the patch recently so a walk was required, whilst Wayne had a break from Butterflies where he is currently on 55. Before we started the walk, I spent a few minutes in front the Feeders, the tree's are FULL of both adult and young birds and the feeders are emptied by them every morning!

This morning's count included: 1 Jay, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Bullfinch, 8 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Crow and 2 Wood Pigeon.

Jay (Juvenile)

Collared Dove (Adult)

Coal Tit (Juvenile)

Bullfinch (Adult Pair)

Blue Tit (Juvenile)

Goldfinch (Juvenile)

Blue Tit (Juvenile)

Onto the Walk, through Bath Mill and up the Dog Walk was very quiet, a single Chiffchaff was the best.

A single Skylark was heard singing as we crossed over into the Village. A group of 5 Collared Doves by the new cottages with calling House Sparrow's, Goldfinches and Blackbirds, along with House Martin's and Barn Swallow's soaring around by the Farm Shop.
A pair of Pied Wagtail feeding on the roofs of the Farm Shop also.

Onto the Lakes -
Bottom Lake still has the solo Mute Swan (Male), with a few Mallard one of which has a new brood of 3 ducklings.
Top Lake pretty quiet due to the water levels being low, the brood of 6 Cygnets still present with the Adult pair. A count of 45 Mallard (highest count since April), 2 Coot, 3 Grey Heron and a single Moorhen.

4 Buzzards on thermals around the Lakes also.

Before doing the return route, we had a check of the Ponds for Dragonflies. After a short wait, we got a few shots of the Emperor Dragonfly (Female) also 2 Male's present.

Also an abundance of Northern Damselflies around the Ponds.

On the return, we walked back through the Lakes, the Mute Swan brood were away from the bank so we took a few pictures.

Back at the Village, the House Sparrow were enjoying the mud pit in the Pig pen, feeding on the flies.

A single Linnet, a fly-past Kestrel and a further 2 Buzzards also seen taking the Species count to 36.

Plenty of Butterflies around today including - Red Admiral, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Small White and Green-Veined White.



Back onto the Feeders and a few more shots taken after the walk today.

Goldfinch (Adult)

Great Tit (Juvenile)

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