With a break from boating I spent a pleasant Friday afternoon on the patch. First a visit around Napton-on-the-Hill before heading off to the reservoir prior to the rain setting in.
|Spotted flycatcher - One of a dozen around the Napton area.|
A very creditable double figure count of Spotted Flycatchers,
including several juveniles but I never quite managed to connect with the Common Redstart
reported on Richards site
during my walk. On to Napton Reservoir with more juveniles as I came across what looked to be a newly fledged family of Little Grebe
, four in total. The reservoir continues to drop but very slightly and during my visit a Sparrowhawk
flew low over the reed bed, causing mayhem before heading off empty handed.
Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail
|Yellow Wagtail on the bridge at Napton Reservoir|
and a brace of Raven
over were other notables but very few butterflies on the wing as the cloud cover increased and light rain set in. However, a nice Ruddy Darter
dragonfly was my first of the year.
|Brandon Chalk-hill Blue|
Brandon Marsh this morning produced my first site Purple Hairstreak
this year as I passed through New Hare Covert. East Marsh Pool had cleared somewhat from the algae invasion after yesterdays heavy rain and both Little-ringed Plover
were noted, along with a small passage of a half dozen Swift
. Teal Pool held (3) Green Sandpiper
and later in the morning a Hobby
was hunting overhead and possibly a second bird as we moved around the farm field area.
|Chalk-hill Blue - 1st for Brandon Marsh!|
I was a very lucky boy after coffee in the nature centre when just as I was about to get into the car to head off home a phone call from Tony Pratley had me scurrying across to the 'Tip' area. Jeff Rankin
had discovered a Chalk-hill Blue
butterfly, as yet not recorded on the Brandon list. What a wonderful surprise to find both Tony, Jeff and yes, the butterfly showing very well!
|Had to indulge myself with a final shot of Chalk-hill Blue|