Archive for May 8, 2014

In the afternoon went to Bough Beech reservoir near Sevenoaks.

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The water level remains very high which is not good for birds on passage as there are no exposed areas to feed on. Consequently the reservoir was quiet with only a few resident water birds and some Common Terns seen.

Coot

Coot

Walking down to the reserve centre a male Cuckoo could be heard calling from the trees. My first Cuckoo of the year! On the flood by the centre a pair of Canada geese were marshaling their brood of 6 young.

Canada Goose and Young

Canada Goose and Young

Canada Goose and Young

Canada Goose and Young

The only Butterfly highlight was a female Orange tip which perched for photographs.

Orange Tip (Female)

Orange Tip (Female)

A pleasant afternoon out with the added bonus of hearing Cuckoo, such a magical sound – unfortunately becoming less and less common in this area.

Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Cuckoo [sp] (Cuculus canorus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)