Saturday, 17 May 2014

A Quiet Morning Around the Patch

Starting at Wraik Hill I could hear a nightingale before getting out of the car but on the walk around it was fairly quiet, just four blackcaps singing away plus one chiffchaff, a couple of chaffinches, wren and robin. Insect life was depleted with only a couple of speckled woods and one ichneumon fly seen which posed briefly for a picture.

 Ichneumon fly Netalia testaceus

Moving over to Pye Alley Lane I caught up with yellowhammer, long-tailed tits, skylark, two linnets and a cuckoo.

Distant shot taken from the car.

Further on at the Mt. Pleasant corner a cetti's was calling plus a sedge warbler and whitethroat but couldn't hear any reed warblers. The barn owl seems to have gone on 'walk about', too much dumping outside his house I think but  another nightingale was present! Other birds were 4 goldfinches, 2 swallows, a few lapwings and swan on the levels plus the male stonechat carrying food and an egret and coot on the main drain.

On the seafront the tide was still out but no waders to be seen just a couple of shelducks flying past and a few gulls. At The Sportsman beach huts no wheatears just half a dozen linnets. Walking back next to the main reedbed I could only hear 5 or 6 reed warblers and still no beardies, there used to be loads a few years ago!!

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