Archive for April 17, 2014

A lovely sunny afternoon so went off to Sutcliffe Park LNR to look for Butterflies and perhaps some early Dragonflies (Hopefull- still a bit early by a couple of weeks).

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The usual residents were present and a few butterflies. I noted 4 species- Large and Small White; Brimstone and Speckled Wood. All were very active. As expected there were not any dragonflies yet to be seen. Walking back to the road along the river I noticed a small warbler flitting through the bushes. After a while it perched and I could see that it was a Willow Warbler (A first for 2014 and a first for me at this site). As I was about to walk away another movement caught my eye and a Kingfisher perched in the reeds (Also a first for me at this site). It stayed or about 5 minutes before flying off, Unfortunately the position of the sun and the distance I was from the bird prevented any photos.

Moorhen

Moorhen

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Returning home I found a female Orange Tip in the garden – my first record of the year in the garden although they have been around the Tarn for some weeks now. Its been much quieter around the garden especially for the small birds. Finches have become much less frequent visitors although there was a single Goldfinch today. I imagine they are getting down to the laying and incubation of eggs.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
Speckled Wood [sp] (Pararge aegeria)