Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Morden Hall Park again, 31st May 2017

This afternoon, while the sun was out, we went for a walk in Morden again. Immediately, many more insects were about with hundreds of bees and wasps, as well as damselflies. By the mill, a pair of Grey Wagtails were bringing food to their young, who seem to be in the crevices of the old mill. 

Grey Wagtail - left is male, right is female

m Grey Wagtail
On one of the quieter, wilder path through the woods, many more creatures were busily going about their lives. During this, a Great Tit was picking off insects when a male Sparrowhawk darted through the trees about 10 metres from me, narrowly missing the bird and then flying out into the open again. Another awesome experience! 
Canada Geese and 3 Gosling
The reedbeds were once again very pleasant, with 2 pairs of Reed Warblers now hiding. Unfortunately, there was no sign nor sound of the Cetti's Warbler, but it might have been on the far sound, where we probably wouldn't be able to hear it. 

Reed Warbler 1

Reed Warbler 2
Also, at least 4 pairs of Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch and 3 Chiffchaff - 1 with some mixed notes with Willow Warbler, Blackcap and a tiny bit of Iberian Chiffchaff too, which I am familiar with after going to Spain last year. it was definitely a normal Chiffchaff though, with the majority of the song being normal. A Kestrel flew overhead, but not much else was around bird-wise. Butterflies included Speckled Wood, Brimstone, whites and blues.

Speckled Wood
A huge variety of damselflies were around, including the below. 
Banded Demoiselle
Southern/Northern? Damselfly - need some help on these ones 

Small Red Damselfly

Banded Demoiselle 

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