Thursday, 14 July 2016

Bush Cricket's and Patch Birding

 After yesterday's small selection and movement of migrants through the patch sparked the need of another search in case anything of interesting turned up. Expectations high on more warblers and I was surprised with the number of birds again today on patch.

Patch highlights this morning consisted of 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff along Mill Lane during an hour's walk. Bit of Autumn migration movement??!! Found a very worn adult Reed Warbler feeding down in long grass at the sewage works which got me excited, thinking I found a rare Acro/Hippo type warbler. Unfortunately after another half-hour search, the bird reappeared and was just a typical Reed Warbler.

Insect diversity was extraordinary aswell today with lots of Ringlets, Gate Keepers, Small Skippers, Green-veined White, Red Admiral on the wing. Found 2 Southern Oak Bush Cricket and a unidentified Beetle species, First for the patch!! Few insect images below.


Small Skipper

Southern Oak Bush Cricket

Southern Oak Bush Cricket

Unidentified Beetle species

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