Sunday, 29 June 2014

A Quiet Week !!

It has been a very quiet week with very little to report. I have visited my usual haunts of Blueberry Farm, the valley below Hanging Houghton, Harrington Airfield, Sywell Reservoir, Pitsford Reservoir and Salcey Forest, but have only seen the "regulars". These include Grey Partridge, Grasshopper Warbler, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Raven, Red Kites, Grey Wagtails, Spotted Flycatchers and a Cuckoo.
Butterflies noted on my travels include Marbled White, Wood White, Small Heath and clouds of Ringlets.
A Hummingbird Hawk Moth has been seen a couple of times feeding on Valarian in Hanging Houghton.
Dave Francis completed a CES ringing session at Pitsford Reservoir 26/6 and caught 72 birds, including 12 Blackcap, 12 Wren, 11 Robin, 4 Reed Warbler and 3 Garden Warbler.
It is interesting to note that the Robin total for this year's CES is a staggering 42 individual birds !!!!!.

Two meetings planned for the coming week.  On Wednesday 2nd July the Birdclub will meet at the Lodge, Pitsford Reservoir at 19.30hrs.  If the weather is good there will be a walk and other outdoor activities. Should the weather be poor, we will have an indoor meeting at this venue.  Tea/coffee will be provided.
On Thursday 3rd July there will be an outdoor walk led by birdclub member Hugh Matthews.  The venue is Fermyn CountryPark. Meet at 09.30hrs in the main car park. Parking charges apply and there is a cafĂ© and toilet facilities.  Hopefully the weather will be good and there will be plenty of butterflies etc about.
Everyone welcome at these events.

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