Saturday, 17 May 2014
Good news, 2 Turtle Doves and one Cuckoo are now present in the Stone Wood area. The last 2 days have seen a nice arrival of Spotted flycatchers in Orlestone forest. Also 2 Hobbys surveying high over the garden. There's many more Swallows around now with birds often sitting on our TV aerial. House Martins too are ever present plus the occasional Swift. Favoured habitats in Orlestone are 'alive' with the sound of Nightingales, Garden Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, even Willow Warblers seem to be here in better numbers this year.
In the garden a Broad Bodied Chaser left the pond on Thursday, Grass Snakes are present daily too, and the nesting House Sparrows survived a Great Spotted Woodpecker raid on the nest boxes. Spotted flycatcher here briefly yesterday and one Cuckoo is calling regularly too.
Posted by Nick Green at 12:41 pm
|Choosing a nest site, Spotted Flycatchers at Packing Wood|
Today, plodding around Packing Wood, I discovered this pair already paired-up and about to start nest building. Spotted Flycatchers often choose precarious nest sites, and this site is no exception, nothing more than an angled piece of tree bark leaning on a thin branch.
Also in Packing wood, where the timber has been cleared underneath the electricity lines, there is now a mile long swathe of fading blue bells, attracting many insects. Most obvious are the Brimestone butterflies, up to 12 chasing around yesterday. Also present, were Hairy Hawker and Broad Bodied Chaser Dragonfly.
Posted by Nick Green at 11:31 am
Sunday, 4 May 2014
|Grizzled Skipper on Blue Bell|
|Early Purple Orchid|
|Same individual as top picture|
|Second individual with a clipped wing.|
Posted by Nick Green at 8:38 am
Saturday, 3 May 2014
|Distant view showing one of the Red Kites probably over Hamstreet road / Hornash Lane junction|
Long over due, the first 2 Red Kites of the year and spotted whilst cutting the garden lawn this afternoon. Originally given a fantastic view, they moved quickly North East and I had no time for a decent photo - but even at a distance the jizz is there.
Posted by Nick Green at 4:07 pm