Monday, May 20, 2024

πŸ“– 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Fetternear Woodlands ~ May 20th 2024

 πŸ΄σ §σ ’󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Monday 20th May 2024 ☀️ 16C ~ E @ 4MPH ~ I took a walk today around Fetternear Woods in cloudless skies. When I walk around Fetternear, a mixture of broadleaf woodland, pine, and mixed farmland, it conjures up images of species such as the Nuthatch, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, and Spotted Flycatcher. Sadly, only the latter of these four is a regular here in the northeast of Scotland. Wood Warblers are scarce summer visitors, and the Pied Flycatcher is mainly a passage migrant, mostly coastal. The Nuthatch is rare, and I only managed to record my first in Aberdeenshire earlier this year. However, a pair did breed in 2020.

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatchers I'm happy to say are a regular breeding species and today I managed to locate what I think may be a breeding pair. Certainly, since moving here I'm used to seeing plenty of young birds in the locale come autumn.

Green Woodpecker ~ This image is from my days back at Brandon Marsh in Warwickshire. 

The Green Woodpecker is also scarce in Aberdeenshire, especially around the Donside area where my village is located. However, over the past few years, one bird seems to visit each spring. Although I had only heard it calling during the spring months, today was the first time I actually saw it. In fact, It flew right over my head and continued calling throughout my visit. 

Grey Wagtail

My walk also takes me down alongside the River Don, where Grey Wagtails, Common Sandpipers and Dippers are regular nesting species. Occasionally there are breeding Goosanders but thus far I've seen no sign of any breeding this year. Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Treecreeper, Blackcap, Tree Sparrow and Goldcrest were other notables during my walk along with calls from a Tawny Owl, which I believe is nesting nearby. 

Orange Tip

It was an enjoyable walk today and butterflies were numerous recording Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Comma and Red Admiral. Also of note were several Silver Y moths. 

Silver Y