Sunday, August 02, 2009

Rushbeds Wood & Lapland Farm - August 2nd 2009

Just a relaxing walk around the wood and fields at lunchtime (12:30 - 13:45). Warm with sunny intervals.

Not a serious bird watching visit and the flying beasts were very quiet anyway! Common Chaffinches around together with Great and Long-tailed Tits, Winter Wrens, Common Blackbirds and Chiffchaffs. The latter was not seen but believe around as 'huitt' calls heard. Also one Common Buzzard at wood centre.

May have seen a Eurasian Hobby at Lapland Farm. Definitly a falcon, but too distant to be sure and I am not familiar with this species yet. Must invest in a scope!

The butterflies grabbed most of my attention. Red Admiral, Common Blue, Brimstone, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Peacock, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Whites (Green-veined, Large and Small).

However, the highlight of the visit was a single Grass Snake (Natrix natrix). Seen in the wide hedgerow between the two fields of Lapland Farm. Not uncommon in the UK I know, but I do not see them very often!

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