Sunday, 1 July 2012

Local patch in summer

Local patch: it's been awfully hot in the past days so birding was very slow. Actually I didn't venture out in the field except a few checks of the patch. The highlight was an odd flock of 13 Cormorants migrating over the ridge on Friday. Cormorant is a regular bird on migration, but in June it's far than usual. I wonder where the hell were they going. Other birds seen or heard on a regular basis in the area included: Golden Oriole, Nightingale, Alpine Swift, Greenfinch, Sparrowhawk, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker (visiting cherry and walnut trees) and vociferous Common Swifts circling overhead. The other day at dusk I also heard a Roe Deer bark coming from the nearby woodland. Highlight butterfly was a Great Banded Grayling - the first for me this year.
Hopefully some more serious birding is on the horizon next week, so stay tuned...
Above: Great Spot on the walnut