Thursday, 17 August 2017

Newton St Loe, Middle August

Date: 17/08/2017
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Starting Grey with Warm, Sunshine to End
Other Species: 
Spotted Flycatcher, Buzzard, Kestrel, House Sparrow, Chiffchaff, Little Egret.

Started walk today with the company of Tony Cook, another local birder. 

Out through Bath Mill fairly quiet along and up onto dog track single Brown Argus with Bullfinch being best, again not much going on across fields with no Skylarks heard or seen.

Into village 20+ House Martin buzzing overhead and busily nesting. Only around 4 Barn Swallow seen on our first pass.
Send A Cow woodland it all seemed to come alive with many Tits plus Treecreeper, Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatchers, the Spotted Fly's seem to have moved from lakes maybe looking at leaving soon?

A Comma on where else but Butterfly alley.

Onto Lakes Billy the Swan still "no mates" on Bottom Lake. 
This Dragonfly a 

Migrant Hawker carrying something and on looking at pictures its Speckled Wood!

Don't think Dragonflies cache food but this male seemed to be attaching its prey to underside of leaf then flew off empty handed?!

On up to top lakes all Mute Swans present and the adult male still chasing everything! 
The Poor Mallards getting no peace. 
2 Grey Herons seen, plus a couple of Black Headed Gull with 5 Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

After a brief stop by Palladium a Nuthatch could be heard, on around to top of Lake and really pleased to see Little Egret still.

Been present for 3 weeks now, still fishing extremely well to the displeasure of the other Lake residents.

Buzzard still calling top woodland but otherwise fairly quiet. 
Out onto Campus playing fields and a crow taking advantage of the now very warm sunshine. 

Not seen to many Small Tortoiseshells this year despite my many travels, a great looking butterfly.

On up to top Ponds and a few Dragonflies and Damselflies present. 
Mainly Common Darters and another Migrant Hawker.

On return route the Heron had relocated and seemed to think it was a duck! 
Thought it unusual to see them floating along.

Butterfly alley again and the Comma still perched on same flower but this Brimstone looking fabulous in the sunshine.

Can you tell it was a slow day for bird pictures!

Along back into Village and many more Barn Swallows with numbers around 30+ plus  perched and over Farm Shop. 
Pig Pen a single Pied Wagtail taking our species count to 35.

Also Pig Pen lots of House Sparrow 50+ feeding of scraps.

Taking grit or dust baths, really good to see so many, a female Kestrel took of from telegraph pole taking us to a final count of 37 species.

A lovely walk with some nice company, thanks Tony :)

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