Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Nutwood, Raywell

Last year's Goldcrest - singing in same tree, but light was worse today!
Beech Leaves - again from last year
Early Purple Orchid - should look pinker than this
Green-Veined White

Again we were hampered with abysmally strong winds today. Numbers of song birds were noticeably down. This now seems to be a feature of most areas of local woodland, so a pattern seems to be emerging - unless it can be put down to the adverse weather. The Garden Warbler which could always be found in a part of this site, seems to have died out - we didn't record any last year, and none this year either. This is also the first time we haven't had Lesser Whitethroat at this site, but we are a little later this year. We had good views of a Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, a recently-fledged Coal Tit, and Yellowhammer. The Bluebells seem to have been squeezed out by the rampant Wild Garlic, but the Early Purple Orchid was a nice bonus. There were plenty of White butterflies in the morning (Green-veined & Small) and Speckled Wood, but once it clouded over in the afternoon, these too were missing. Overall a disappointing day in what used to be a very enjoyable venue.

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