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Last June Jaunt

Last June Jaunt
Last June Jaunt
I have to be honest June is one of my least busy months on the patch front at the best of times, the birding drops right off with so many birds nesting and nothing new moving through, but this June has been so wet that my normal targets, the butterflies and odonata, have been struggling too, but yesterday I headed out anyway on my Last June Jaunt of the year.

There is still a dearth of butterflies on the wing, and the odes seem to be well behind normal emergence levels (there's more later about all these) what does seem to be doing well this year though is the hoverflies and this walk became a great day for checking them out.

Anyway please read on.

It Has Been a While

It's Been a While - Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn
It's Been a While - Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn
Well, what can I say bar It's Been a While! A combination of time away, school holidays, work, massive rain storms and a bad back, have not only kept me off the patch, but prevented me doing much of late, but finally today I managed to squeeze a few solo hours out in the field experiencing all that natures bounty has to offer.

With it being mid June (is the 21st mid?) my time turns from the birds (well there is not much passage at this time of year) and begins to focus more on the mini beasts of this world, the Dragonflies, butterflies and (for want of a better all encompassing word) the bugs.

Introducing the Patch - Enclosed Paddock

Introducing the Patch - Enclosed Paddock
Introducing the Patch - Enclosed Paddock
The Enclosed Paddock is not the most exciting of locations on the patch, in fact most of the time it is simply a grassy field, surrounded by trees and hedges (and next to Wolverton House pub) with a large Oak tree that stands sentinel in the centre, but for a couple of weeks in summer, between the grass reaching jungle proportions and the council cutting it down, the field comes to life.

A walk through the long grass, at this time of year, sends wave after wave of the striking day flying moth, the Chimney Sweeper, into the air. 

There are often hundreds of these charcoal grey moths whose wing tips appear to be dipped in pure white paint, spread out across the field.

A Photographic Post

A Photographic Post - Pied Wagtail
A Photographic Post - Pied Wagtail
Hi, Today's post is just going to be a selection of photos (sorry), these were all taken Yesterday (Wednesday 11th May) on the patch, but I have a bit of OU Course work that I need to get written so have very little time to compose a post that would do things justice. Suffice to say it was grey and wet all day and apart from the photos and company of some 300 House Martins and around 100 Common Swift the only other passage bird was a Dunlin.

This post does contain some of my best photos ever (Hopefully you'll agree but the Hobby photos are pretty special!) and it goes without saying this is a VERY photo heavy post (48 including the title photo).

A Tale of Three Birds

A Tale of Three Birds - Mute swans with cygnets
A Tale of Three Birds - Mute swans with cygnets
I've been hitting the patch quite hard recently, every day I have had off I try to head out (family time obviously taking priority), the reasons are fairly obvious when you take into account the time of year (migration) and the fact I enrolled in the Patch Work Challenge this year, all this watching the same area could leave one jaded, but it is the familiar and the unexpected that keep things interesting.

Today three bird species (four if you include the swans I saw swimming the canal with their 6 cygnets) occupied much of my time, all three are summer migrants and all three saw me spending a good half an hour with each, watching, waiting and photographing.

A Quick Post

Today's post is going to be very light on the writing, but plenty of photos (well plenty of the same two birds really). Sorry but tired and my other love is about to kick off in the 2nd leg of the Europa League semi final (yes I am a Liverpool FC fan).

I had an enjoyable walk this morning around the patch, managed to get a patch tick (I know there should be more writing when you get a tick) in the form of a Turnstone seen distantly across the Stilt pits (Eastern pits, but that new name sounds so much better). The vast majority of my time was spent photographing two rather obliging Common Whitethroat. 

Pics below.