Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday 24th May

I helped lead the Leybourne Lakes bird walk this morning between 8am and around 11.

We met by the CP car park and walked into the small wood. Here we had at least 2 Treecreeper performing well. They appeared to be feeding young as the had beakfuls of grubs. Also here a Garden Warbler sang from high up and we heard our first snatch of Nightingale song as well as the odd Whitethroat, Blackcap or two.

Wandering on we saw and heard more Blackcap and several Reed Warbler as well as a pair of Reed Bunting that again appeared to be feeding young. A Cuckoo called very distantly and a Swift went over. A Four spotted Chaser showed well in the grass by the scrape.


Moving on we added more singing Reed Warbler and in the west Scrub several Willow Warbler, more snatches of Nightingale and a brief Cettis call.

At the top of the path to Brook House we had our first really good Nightingale with one in full song, then via 2 or 3 Water Vole in the ditch nearby another Nightingale singing and showing exceptionally well.

Orange Tip

I had heard that there have been good numbers of Painted Lady with thousands moving through Europe. I saw at least 3 here today and lots more elsewhere during the day. A Large White, several Peacock and a single Orange Tip were also noted.

Painted Lady

Banded demoiselle


At 8:10 pm, Blogger Cheryl said...

Hi Steve....I have had several painted ladies in the garden I know why...tku....

I managed to get a photograph of a lovely dragonfly I have not seen in the garden before...

Love the bird photographs......I have never seen a Nightingale.....but I have had the cuckoo calling from the small copse in my garden...and that was magical.......

At 8:49 am, Blogger Greenie said...

Steve ,
You picked a good day to get out again .
Great shots as usual .
Think this could be one of the best Painted Lady years for ages .

At 10:04 am, Blogger Warren Baker said...

Good to see you've been out again steve ;-). Very jealous of the nightingale, especially as you got such a good photo of it!

At 6:36 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Well done on getting a shot of the Nightingale, I seem to have missed out on them in Mote Park this year.

Brilliant butterfly shots. Nice light on the Painted Lady - I too saw lots and lots today.

At 7:12 pm, Blogger alan woodcock said...

Hi Steve,the Treecreepers were a good find.

At 7:17 pm, Blogger Steve said...

Well done on the Nightingale shot. I've not seen one at all this year. Great butterflys as well.

At 9:24 pm, Blogger Phil and Mandy said...

As Warren has stated, lovely shot of the Nightingale.

At 9:00 pm, Blogger Kate said...

Good to hear about those water voles.

Amazing bird pictures!


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