A recording walk on the 18th June was successful in as much as I recorded a respectable 26 species of bird along with several insects.
Swifts were noisy overhead and yellowhammers equally so from local hedgerow. At Millennium Wood the evening chorus started with great tits and blue tits before blackcaps, whitethroats and willow warblers joined in. These were soon joined by a few chiffchaffs, before a noisy lesser whitethroat began calling from near the polo field in Hoecroft Lane. Only the 5th recording of this species this year. An adult lesser black backed gull headed south in the evening light as long tailed tits, a family party, "buzzed" from the hedges that border the bridleway.
A newly emerged nest of peacock caterpillars was observed, shown here and meadow brown and painted lady butterflies were evident. Ladybirds, both the invasive harlequin and the regular 7 spotted were also found in nettle patches by Muggins Wood. Both dog rose and honeysuckle flowered in hedgerows, as shown here.