On Thursday we visited our premier woodland for the second time. There had been an influx of summer visitors since last week, but no sign of any Cuckoo for about the 5th year running. It used to be a great place for them.
When we reached the eastern edge, special guest Phil, spotted a Hedgehog snuffling its way through the long grass in the horse paddock. The Garden Warblers were the largest group of incomers, and even the slowest managed to get views of one along the eastern edge of the wood, first spotted by Louise.
In fact Louise was on great form, as she was also the first to spot a pair of Marsh Tits in some Silver Birches on the heath. This seemed around for quite some time, and the female begged to be fed by the male. As far as we could ascertain she was unsuccessful in this attempt.
Jumping Jack Willow Warbler
A Hare was seen both on the heath and on the eastern edge, and some deer tracks, but no other mammals were in evidence. In the afternoon a sunbathing Hare when there wasn't any sun caused some consternation, but it did eventually lope off across the field.
A few Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard and seen from different parts of the woodland, but there was absolutely no sign of the Green Woodpecker, or the star of 8 years ago, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
There were no signs of snakes or reptiles under the trays -
just a mass of ants moving their egg cases.
Virtually the whole morning was punctuated by the beautiful song of the Mistle Thrush, which sang from the Heath, the eastern edge, and even the middle of the woodland.
Other birds seen included Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit etc.