Friday, 25 May 2012

At Loggerheads

Friday was a rerun of Wednesday.  
Friday was a bit quieter on the bird front, probably a combination of the strong winds & extreme heat.  The birds had probably been active since dawn, so now were much harder to find.  Some Bullfinches and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen in the morning, while a Sparrowhawk soared over the car park in the afternoon.
The biggest change was the presence of a singing Lesser Whitethroat which hadn’t arrived earlier in the week.  It was frantically singing from various bushes in the old greenhouse area, as if it was desperately trying to locate a female.  Luckily, it was still present after lunch and everyone got views of it flying around, whilst a few were sharp-eyed enough to see it perched at the base of a Hawthorn bush.  Good views were also obtained of: a Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and a Common Whitethroat.
I have to keep this post short, as I’m participating in a Nightjar Special until 11pm tonight, and that’s after waking at 5 this morning....
Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat
 Holly Blue
 Pied Shield Bug?

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