Thursday, 29 August 2013

Some August treats!

A  Greenshank was a welcome addition to the year list.
 It fed at the Markfield inflow then relocated to the dam for a brief afternoon stop over.

 Two young Shoveler have been loafing around  at the Markfield inflow.
Two Little Egret were fly overs today, heading west at 1630.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A Mixed Bag!

 So it seems that the Night Heron has departed after a stay of two weeks. I think it performed well and was enjoyed by at least 500 people. So I thought I would up date the blog with some of the other happenings around the res. It was nice to find this Purple Hairstreak sat on an Ash tree off Stoney bank this afternoon.
 It seems to have lost its tail. A species I have only seen once before at Thornton, but they are probably over looked.
Three  Ravens were giving great aerobatic displays.
 Not to be out done the Battle of Britain flight decided to give a fly past. A Lancaster and Hurricane.
 I love the sound of the Spitfires Merlin engine and it does stir the blood!

 One of natures masters of flight was a female Common Hawker egg laying in the garden pond.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Night Heron in Flight.

 The first summer Night Heron is still in residence.

This morning it flew from the Stanton inflow end and sat in bushes over hanging the res. and closer to the fishing lodge. This is at least its 6th day.