Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

**23rd May **Halling.**

Yesterday was my first walk out for quite a while, and I couldn't have picked a better day weather wise. I didn't take my usual route, I did a shorter walk. From home I went down Marsh Road, to the river.
On the way to the river I saw the following birds down Marsh Rd, and on the Common: Robin, C/ Dove, W/Pigeon, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Pheasant, Kestrel, a Grey Heron which I spooked, Chiffchaff, Starling, Blackbird, Wren, Magpie, C/Crow, Common Whitetroat. I then heard the call of a male Cuckoo somewhere on the common. It sounded quite close, but could I find it? Could I hell as like.
While sitting by the river I saw many House Martin's collecting mud for nest building. I saw them collecting mud from the same part of the river bank last year.. Also over the river was a good number of Swifts,  plus:  Shelduck(8), Moorhen, Mute Swan, Mallard(m6,f4), Dabchick, Cormorant, H/Gull, C/Gull, B/H/Gull, C/Crow. No waders seen from here.
After a well earned rest I then went left following the river north. I didn't walk along the top path I took the well over grown lower one.  I came across my first dragonflies of the year, there was 3 of them chasing up and down over the water, but there was no way I was able to identify them.
It wasn't until I got near to the end of the footpath where the reeds are by the salt marsh that I was hearing the call of Sedge Warblers all around.
 I starting seeing various butterflies around to add to my year list, the best one I saw was a Green Hairstreak, one I don't see in Halling very often, or maybe I don't look hard enough :-) I nearly missed it but if it hadn't moved I would have missed it. The others was a male Brimstone, Large White, Common Blue.
While I was watching the Green Hairstreak my attention was taken by a couple of insects mating just below me. I have tried hard scanning my books but i am still unsure as to what they are, I am sure one of my fellow bloggers will know. ( With the help of Greenie's  "Little grey cells". I now believe them to be Crane Flies / Tipula maxima .)

On my walk back I couldn't help but notice that many of the blue Damselflies have hatched. I saw three  species, a Common Blue, a Blue Tailed,

 and what I believe to be Azure Damselfly.

After cooking, in the afternoon sun I called it a day and made my way home. En route I added a few more bird species to my days list, which was as follows: Green Woodpecker, Song thrush, Greenfinch, H/Sparrow, Goldfinch,n Blue Tit, and a Great Tit.

All in all I had a enjoyable walk. I was pleased to hear my first Cuckoo of the year, along with the other wildlife seen.
 My best sighting of the day is the ** Green Hairstreak Butterfly.**

P.S. I came acoss this while sorting out my old bird magazines, It shows some of the different bill patterns of  Whooper and Bewick Swans.


  1. Those Green Hairstreaks are fantastic little butterflies Ken, only ever seen one, a shame :-(

  2. Hi Ken,good walk,nice find those Hairstreaks.

  3. Ken ,
    Good to see you out and about in this fine weather spell .
    As you say , the GHs are very difficult to see , especially in flight . From here , it looks like your mating insects are Crane Flies / Tipula maxima . Would confirm your Azure Damselfly ID .

  4. Warren.
    Your right, they are a lovely little butterfly

    Thanks, it was a really nice walk.

    Thanks for the I.D. of the Crane Flies. I was pretty sure I got the Damselfly I.D correct, thanks for confirming it.