Saturday, July 26, 2008

Saturday 26th July

A visit to New Hythe between 6am and 7.15am this morning. Warm and still.

2 Green Woodpecker near the Water works entrance and family parties of Song Thrush and blackbird. Some nice views of a family of Long-tailed Tit here as well. Around the East Scrub there were c10 Gatekeeper and c15 Meadow Brown taking advantage of the early warmth. Also a few Essex/Small Skipper. Just the other side of the railway track 2 Purple Hairstreak showed briefly high up in an Ash Tree.

Most interesting sighting were an adult and juv. Nightingale, both birds were making very strange gutteral grunts and whistles.

Essex Skipper
Long Tailed Tit

Mid morning I took Felix for a walk along the lane that runs past my house in Birling. 4 Spotted Flycatcher were seen flycathing from a dead tree and wires. Also a Yellowhammer, 5 Speckled Wood, 4 Gatekeeper and several Large White and Meadow Brown.

Spotted Flycatcher - Birling


At 10:33 am, Blogger Cheryl said...

The skippers seem to like hypericum....I have found this an excellent wildlife plant...

Long tailed tits, such a pretty little bird....I love their flight patterns when they are in groups....we have them in the garden at the moment....can I get a photograph....NO aaaahhhhh

At 11:47 am, Blogger Simon said...

Nice photos Steve. I saw a few family parties of Long-tailed Tits in the Park today as well!! I'm sure I must have Purple Hairstreaks in the Park - its just the luck of seeing them!

At 8:05 pm, Blogger Greenie said...

Steve ,
Great in flight shot of Spotted Flycatcher .
Are you sure it was the Nightingales and not Warren before he got his Whinchat making those noises ?
I hope Felix ticked all the sightings .

At 11:20 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Super shots of the Spot Fly.


Post a Comment

<< Home