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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Lots of Birds and flutters

A lovely morning and Mrs Chaz, Susan and I did a half circuit to see what was happening today.

Lots of action although nowt to shout about from the unusual point of view, Star bird was undoubtedly a brief showing by a juvenile Lesser Whitethroat that Susan found. Most ubiquitous  bird was still Common Whitethroat, even outnumbering Chiffchaff and Blackcap, the two species that normally take the award for commonest warbler locally.

Lots of Shoreline around the Mere but despite this no waders, although at around nine o'clock I was in the garden and was convinced I heard a flight call from an over-flying Curlew, which, had I been able to confirm it would have not only been the star bird for the day but also one of the best local finds for me this year.

Butterflies today included; Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Common Blue, Peacock and unusually a male Holly Blue (scarce locally). Dragonflies included Brown Hawker and Black-tailed Skimmer with a few Common Blue Damselflies thrown in for good measure.

The soundtrack to the day was provided courtesy of Common Green and Meadow grasshoppers that seemed to be taking advantage of the warmth and sunlight to give us a song.

A lovely morning walk - now Sunday Dinner! Purfec! 

Enjoy your day and have a good week all - Chaz