Wednesday, 9 July 2014

It's oh so quiet

The song by quirky Icelandic pop princess Bjork kind of sums up mid-summer birding, and a walk through Wanstead Park at the weekend confirmed this.

The pair of Reed Warblers were still frequenting the small patch of reeds on Shoulder of Mutton lake and all three juvenile Great-crested Grebes were on Herony and growing up fast, and that pretty much summed up the morning on the birding front, but thankfully there are a few other distractions at this time of year to pass the time and point the camera at - butterflies being one.

With good patches of nettles, uncut grass and bramble still in flower along a few of the paths on the west side of the park, there were a few butterflies on the wing. Even with the rain showers I managed to find eight species Comma, Essex and Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Small Copper.

A nice distraction before birding's main course and the onset of autumn, and with a few waders already on the move, it won't be long until the days start to become shorter and birding ramps up again to full throttle - I wonder what delights the birding gods might offer up this year..?




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