Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sunday 11th May

I was out between 6.15 and 9.15 today. Shortly after parking near the Water Walks I saw a Treecreeper - a fairly scarce patch bird. It flew onto a tree fairly near me and then fed on the outer branches. Really pleased with that but couldn't get a decent picture. Across the area today I had 21 Whitethroat, 20 Reed Warbler, 11 Nightingale, 8 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Sedge Warbler, only 5 Cettis, and 5 Swift. In addition I also saw 1 Great Spot, 4 Long Tailed Tit, 3 Chiffs, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Trush, 1 Male Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting and a Green Woodpecker.

WATER VOLE

LESSER WHITETHROAT

GREEN-VEINED WHITE

Best sighting of the day was a patch tick in - a Green Hairstreak! Fantastic, I found it feeding on Buttercup at the west end of the scrape. Also a Green Veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small White and several Orange Tip.



GREEN HAIRSTREAK

1 Water Vole was also noted as well as 2 Grass Snake, 6 Slow Worm and a Common Lizard. Also 1 Hairy Dragonfly, and several Azure and Common Blue Damsels


Later I joined a KRAG walk (Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group) walk at Wrotham Water about 3 miles away. Here we noted 1 Grass Snake, several Slow Worm, 12 species of Butterfly - Small Heath (20+), Common Blue (20+) Dingy Skipper (c10) Grizzled Skipper (c10), Brimstone (2), Peacock (1) Comma (1) Speckled Wood (1) Green Veined White (2) Small White (c10) Holly Blue (3) Orange Tip (c10) Also lots of spikes of Man Orchid, Common Twayblade and one Common Spotted Orchid

GRASS SNAKE - WROTHAM WATER

COMMON BLUE PAIR MATING

8 Comments:

At 11:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Steve,

Congratulations on finally seeing a green hairstreak!

Greg

 
At 6:29 pm, Blogger Warren Baker said...

Your Lesser Whitethroat pic, outdoes mine steve!
Nice collection of wildlife you've seen today.

 
At 10:28 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Fantastic photos Steve. Welldone with seeing the Green Hairstreak. I'm popping to Leybourne Lakes tomorrow, so I'll have a look to see if I can spot it.

 
At 10:51 pm, Blogger Mike - Fenphotography said...

Stunning set of photos Steve, the close up shots are excelent keep em comin.

 
At 4:14 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Didn't have any luck with the Green Hairstreak today, however I did see a Green Veined White along the Mill Stream.

 
At 10:31 pm, Blogger Kingsdowner said...

Marvellous account of a great day (were the kids with you?). The green hairstreak is a lovely find!

 
At 7:49 pm, Anonymous dean ( mostlymacro ) said...

I`m so envious Steve. I`ve been trying for the last 2 days to get a shot of a Grass Snake.

Well done.

 
At 8:00 pm, Blogger lee said...

awsome photos ; the only sightings i get of snakes is there tails disappearing very well done

 

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