I undertook a quick tour of the local patch this afternoon. At first it seemed like it was going to be a 'dead day' but things improved when a cracking Hobby came through over Heath Lane. The other highlight of the visit was at Witch Lane where the flock of Lapwing has increased to 43.
Monday 2nd September
I started today's visit at Captain's Pool. The pool itself was very quiet on the bird front with notables being a Grey Heron and 3 Black-headed Gulls.
Things were much better on the invert front with 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 ♀ Common Darter, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood and a Large White all recorded along the dam.
At Stanklyn Lane paddocks there were 2 juvenile Green Woodpeckers present' A moulting adult Robin was present at 'Redstart hedge'
At Heath Lane there were c.200 Starlings, 8 Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaffs and a charm of 12 Goldfinch present.
Common Darter ♀
Tuesday 3rd September
Today I paid a dusk visit to the patch to look for owls & mammals armed with my binoculars and bat detector. Things were pretty quite this evening though I did see a Little Owl was seen over one of the paddocks and a Noctule bat was active over Heath lane.
Wednesday 4th September
This afternoon's visit proved quite productive with a Whinchat new in and perched up on Fat Hen at Butts Lane, Stone. This is the 4th juvenile Whinchat on the patch this autumn and its definitely a good year for them this year here. It's a pity I cannot say the same about Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail having not recorded either on the patch this migration period!
Also of interest in the Butts Lane area today were 2 Clouded Yellow, 1 Common Blue, 3 Speckled Wood and a Migrant Hawker.
Whinchat (record shot)
Saturday 7th September
It was fairly quiet around the patch today with only a few highlights. On the hedgerow at Heath Lane paddock a juvenile Common Whitethroat and a juvenile Chiffchaff were present.
In the Witch Lane area, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing and a Brown Rat were recorded.
Tuesday 10th September
Today I undertook a walk around the Butts Lane area and flushed 13 Meadow Pipits that were feeding near the public footpath. Also recorded on the walk were 3 Skylarks & 5 Linnets.
Along Barrs Lane I was pleased to find the pupa of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly hanging from the underside of a Nettle leaf.
At Stanklyn Lane paddocks there were 3 Green Woodpeckers (1 adult & 2 juv) and 18 Goldfinch present.
Small Tortoiseshell Pupa