Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Patch Walk - Newton St Loe

Date: 18/07/2017
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Warm, Overcast
Species Highlights: 
Buzzard, Yellowhammer, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Kingfisher.

Met a fellow birder today Paul, to show round Patch and started as the normal at the entrance to Bath Mill and walked along Brook pointing out the lack of birds, or where birds would normally be!
Very quiet apart from Wood Pigeon in trees. On up to Dog Track and through the stingers which have built up since I've been butterflying recently, nearly there just 4 species left to get!
Up onto Byway and a single Whitethroat darted into cover plus a Yellowhammer could be heard calling. The fields have been cut leaving little hope for the young Skylarks that normally can be heard on the lower fields. 
Following on around towards Seven Acre and a year tick.. for butterfly anyway on patch a Brown Argus. 

Still lovely to see. 
Red Admiral, Large and Small Whites, Comma plus Holly Blues also on bramble section.

Leaving wood behind saw a Yellowhammer on telepole calling, then flew off to join another.

Into village and House Martins still outnumbering Barn Swallows with House Martin's streaking through the skies and feed young.

Found another nest in village it seemed full of House Martins.

 On out through village and onto Fishing Lake with no fisherman for a change and Billy the Male Mute Swan still on his lonesome. 
A single Goldcrest in Yew trees but little else. Top Lake the Mute family still doing well and 6 Cygnets all present, very few Mallard and a lack of Moorhen today. 
Top End, 3 Grey Herons youngsters all practising their fishing techniques. 

But carried on to check top ponds for dragonflies of which Common Darters and a single Emperor were present. Sat and ate a sandwich and a Buzzard soared overhead.

On way Back at Top Lake, a female Tufted Duck had arrived first since March 30th, plus a fly through Kingfisher.

House Sparrow numbers in village seemed a bit low with a single Pied Wagtail Juv in with Pig's at busy Farm Shop.

At second horse fields saw 3 Kestrel, Buzzard and a few Lesser Black Backed Gull feeding in skies maybe flying ants?
Pictured below Juvenile Kestrel sat watching mum and dad in skies above.

Not a lot on rest of the way back but time of year always slow ended on a count of 37 Species. 
Butterfly species count 14 species.

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