Sunday, 25 September 2011

GOSHAWK & new butterfly for the patch

Local patch: the highlight this morning was a juvenile GOSHAWK gliding and soaring over the pine woodland (its usual habitat). This time I could get some better views, as it was showing for a longer period. Although the above photos are quite crappy, you can clearly see it's a Goshawk. You can even see a hint of the brownish plumage of the juvenile bird.
Other birds included 1 singing Robin, 1-2 Garden Warbler, 1 Short-toed Treecreeper (daily records in this period), 1 female Sparrowhawk patrolling the gardens, 4 Swallows flying past and very few House Martins.
On the butterfly front I got a patch tick: SMALL COPPER (Lycaena phlaeas), feeding on the ivy bushes (see pics below) along with a Red Admiral, lots of bees, hoverflies and a few hornets. Also a Scarce Swallowtail drigted by.