Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Nature Walk

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Started off from the Anchor Pub ( 'Tuesday Nite is Pie Nite' ) and checked the bushes there were more warblers about than on my previous visit - Blackcap, Garden warbler, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. Further along the canal on the 'Chalk bank' there was another group of Whitethroats (5) and a few more Chiffchaff. There was also my first Hummingbird Hawk Moth of the year. It didnt pose unfortunately but a day flying Red Underwing was much more obliging. A Peregrine circled high over the Quarry and a Raven was heard but not seen.
Young Whitethroat among the Elderberries
Common Whitethroat
Spot the Moth
Red Underwing
The second part of the walk involved a stretch of the River Anker from Woodford Lane to Witherley. Moorhens, still with their young seemed to be spaced out along the river every 40 or 50 metres. A Kingfisher took advantage of a dead Alder tree but generally the bird activity was minimal, such that I was reduced to photographing Dragonflies and Waterweed.
Migrant Hawkers
The river Anker

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