Friday, 6 July 2007

Bird news

Friday, 6th July
  • 4 Common Darter, 6+ Red Admiral, 1 Southern Hawker - east of garden & along bridleway. (Nigel Willits)
  • Small numbers of sand martins outside my window for the last couple of days - post-breeding dispersal time already it would seem! (Mark Ward)
Thursday, 5th July
  • Female Emperor ovipositing on fish pond plus 2 pairs of Red-eyed Damsels in cop. Muntjac hind east of garden. (Nigel Willits)
Wednesday, 4th July
  • Southern Hawker emergence at Jack's Pond - 2 tenerals still drying plus another empty exuvia; also 4 Banded Demoiselles (2m/2f) & a Green-veined White. Several Meadow Browns east of the garden. (Nigel Willits)
  • Moorhen chick scuttling into vegetation on the eastern island of the swimming pool at lunch, adult Spotted Flycatcher again showing well in birches west of the hide, 2 red admirals enjoying a break in the gloom and nectaring on brambles and a male emperor on the swimming pool.(Mark Ward, Lucinda King, Katie Fuller and Elizabeth Allen)
Tuesday, 3rd July
  • Baby muntjac just outside our window (Mark Ward)
  • Hummingbird hawk moth still on the valerian outside the canteen today (Mark Ward)
  • A stoat ran across the drive in front of me between the two felled areas just north of the cattle grid (second one I've seen on the drive in about three weeks). (Gareth Fisher)
Wednesday, 27th June
  • 2 Southern Hawkers & a female Banded Demoiselle at Jack's Pond before the rain set in (Nigel Willits)
Monday, 25th June
  • 8.30 am: A large flock of mistle thrushes in the Sandy Ridge field, probably numbering about 30 birds (they were always on the move so a bit tricky to count). (Katie Fuller)

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