Friday 9th August:
Only visited the patch on a whistle-stop today but was really pleased to see both the juvenile and one of the adult Little Owls sat out in one of the trees there.
Sunday 11th August:
I undertook a butterfly walk over the Butts Lane fields early evening. at first it seemed rather unproductive but then I picked up 2 Clouded Yellows that were chasing over the field. One of which was even obliging enough to land so that I could take some photos! I was overjoyed as this was a patch lifer and the first time I had recorded this species of migrant butterfly there.
Clouded Yellow - 11th August 2013:
Monday 12th August:
A single ♂ Common Darter was seen near the drainage pond but there was no sign of the Clouded Yellows today
Common Darter (♂) - 12th August 2013
Friday 16th August:
Two Clouded Yellows were still present at the Butts Lane fields late afternoon. Nearby, a Brown Hawker and a single Migrant Hawker dragonfly were over the drainage pond.
Earlier this afternoon I had observed a Painted Lady on a buddleia at nearby Hartlebury.
Painted Lady - 16th August 2013
Sunday 18th August:
Today there were now 4 Clouded Yellows present at Butts Lane fields. Also of note was a single Brown Argus, a ♂ Common Blue and 5 Silver Y moths.
Thursday 22nd August:
Today, Bev and I undertook a walk around the Butts Lane fields and observed just 2 Clouded Yellows. Other butterflies of note during the walk were 1♂ Brimstone, 4♂ Common Blue, 2 Gatekeepers and 7 Small Tortoiseshell. Also of interest were 5 Silver Y, 1 Dingy Footman moth and a Migrant Hawker dragonfly.
Common Blue (♂) - 22nd August 2013
Dingy Footman - 22nd August 2013
Friday 23rd August:
I didn't see any sign of the Clouded Yellows at Butts Lane today. Nearby there was a fair bit of bird activity at Eastfields Farm where 21 Swallows were perched up on the wires. Also present there were 8 Goldfinch (some of which were juveniles still being fed by their parents), 3 Greenfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker and a really stunning juvenile Willow Warbler looking rather resplendent in its yellow-washed finery!
The undoubted highlight of the day came from an unexpected location on the patch. I was scanning the fields next to Sparum Farm at the Summerfield end of Stanklyn Lane. This field is one of the most unproductive areas on the patch (although I did pick up 4 Mistle Thrushes feeding there today). As I was scanning I picked up a flash of red as a bird flitted down from the adjacent hedgerow down to ground. I had a good idea what it was but grabbed my scope to confirm it. Result...it was an immature Common Redstart. Redstart is an annual passage migrant through the patch. Only small numbers are recorded each year and this was my first at the site for this year's autumn passage.