Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Just So at last

After nearly raining most of yesterday today was dry with periods of sunshine in the morning eventually clouding over but still pleasantly warm. Draycote Water had 2 x 3rd year and a 2nd year Yellow-legged Gulls but nothing else in the blustery conditions so we searched the more sheltered areas of the country park finding 7 Marbled White, 80 Ringlet, 30 Meadow Brown, 6 Gatekeeper, 2 Comma, 12 Large Skipper, 4 Small Skipper butterflies while moths included Silver Y, Timothy Tortrix and Agapeta hamana. On the bird front only 2 Whitethroat and a juvenile Green Woodpecker noted.
Persuaded Bob that I had a medical need for coffee and cake at the Just So – iv not had a slab of cake for over 3 weeks and needed to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Afterwards we plodded around the soggy garden of the Bridge Nursery finding a few Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies and adding Large White to the day list but very little else apart from 2 Whitethroat and a Buzzard.
Rest of the day spent trying to get a grip’s with my garden managing a juvenile Raven and Sparrowhawk over with a family party of Greenfinch and Coal Tit on the feeders.

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