Friday, 15 June 2007

Bird news

Friday, 15th June
  • One spotted flycatcher still singing in the big pine at the south end of avocet today and another showing nicely (and also singing) in birches south-west of the hide at lunch today, with three emperors still around the pond (Mark Ward and Lucinda King)
  • Two spotted flycatchers still very vocal around the lawn this morning (Mark Ward)
Thursday, 14th June
  • 4 emperor dragonflies (2 males, 2 females) still showing nicely at the swimming pool at lunchtime. Also spotted flycatcher calling in trees by the memorial garden. (Mark Ward)
  • Spotted flycatcher audible through my open window this morning. Followed up with a sighting of the bird in a pine at the south end of avocet with another calling further east down the garden.
  • I've now seen and/or heard spotted flycatchers on territory at four different locations at The Lodge this year - so 4 potential pairs (minimum), as each involved singing birds.
  • Also juvenile great tit on the webcam feeder today - our first of the year - and red admiral outside. (Mark Ward)
Wednesday, 13th June
  • Spotted Flycatcher in woods east of garden; large red & azure damsels on bog-bean pool (Nigel Willits)
  • Buzzard in playful, lighthearted display outside my window. (Mark Ward)
Tuesday, 12th June
  • Meadow Brown behind yew-tree car-park; male & ovipositing female Emperor Dragon on fish pond, plus 4-spot Chasers, Red-eyed & Common Blue damsels (Nigel Willits)
  • 4 emperor dragonflies at the swimming pool and a brood of very recently fledged blackcaps (they could barely fly) on the edge of Biggleswade Common during an unsuccessful clearwing luring session. (Mark Ward)
Monday, 11th June
  • Spotted flycatcher south of the hide at lunchtime today. (Mark Ward)
  • Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow & Garden Warblers between reserve & Biggleswade Common. (Nigel Willits)
  • Freshly-emerged black-tailed skimmer outside the canteen and 2 male large red damsels (plus single painted lady and red admiral nearby) on the small ponds at the back of and west of the house.
  • A pair of starlings are regulars on the web team feeder again at present. (Mark Ward)
Friday, 8th June
  • 1 or 2 Painted Ladies on the slope above Jack's Pond mid-afternoon; single male Emperors patrolling both fish pond & plantation pond, also several 4-spot Chasers, Common Blue & Red-eyed Damsels. Green Tiger beetles actively hunting on the heath. (Nigel Willits)

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