Saturday, 20 July 2013

Saturday 20th July 2013

Weather :- sunny, warm with light wind.

Fairly quite on the bird front, but lots of insects about.

Woods :- usually suspects including treecreepers and swifts

Canal :- Chiffchaff, moorhen with juvenile.  Three Mallard ducklings still doing well. Rat also seen.

Reservoir :- mallards, coots, black-headed gulls, herring gulls, lesser and greater-black backed gulls.

Netherton hill :- carrion crows, chiffchaff, greenfinch

Butterflies :- flying well in all grassland areas. Including 6-spot burnets, gatekeepers, ringlets, meadow browns, small skippers, speckled wood and a couple of marbled whites on tabletop.

Also lots of common blue damselflies, ( 3 joined pairs ) and a southern hawker.

Flowers :- These include  brambles, herb robert, red clover, red Valerian, spear thistle, common/white and red dead nettles.  Cow parsley, oxeye daisy's, creeping buttercups and reedmace.