24 Oct 18

Broadcroft Quarry Lane, Pools, Bumpers Lane, Rufus Castle, Penns Weare, S Andrew's Church and Penns Wood.

Another really warm and sunny day, which brought out the butterflies with a Clouded Yellow along Bumpers Lane and a Small Copper on Penn's Weare.

On the birding front lots of different finches recorded with 2 Redpoll over the lane, small flocks of Linnet and Chaffinches in several locations, 2 Siskins over Wakeham and in my back garden both Goldfinch and Greenfinch on the feeders.

Not much in the lane with just 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Dunnock and 2 Robins. Close by on Bumpers Bump the Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling again.

Along Bumpers Lane there was a small flock of 5 Long-tailed Tits with 3 Chiffchaff in tow. Also here were 2 Song Thrushes.

Penns Weare was very quiet with just Great Tit, Blue Tit and Dunnock. On the beach at Church Ope Cove there were 3 Rock Pipit.

St Andrew's Church sounded a bit more hopeful with another small flock of Long-tailed Tits, with 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests keeping up with them. Also here 5 Wall Lizards and on the ivy a few Red Admirals.

Penns Wood was where I was hoping to catch the Yellow-browed Warbler which was here for the past 2 days. But as usual it was gone today. Just a few Goldcrests, a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs were noted here.

Here are a few images from today:

A few Linnets in a Sycamore.......

........along Bumpers Lane..........

..........where this Kestrel was keeping an eye on them.

Further down Bumpers a small flock of Long-tailed Tits.

And great to see a few Chiffchaffs with them

In the grounds of St Andrew's Church a Wall Lizard..........

.........and a few more.

Birds Recorded: Kestrel, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 9+ Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, 2 Redpoll, Linnet, 2 Siskin, Goldfinch and Greenfinch.

Butterflies Recorded: 4 Large White, 1 Clouded Yellow, 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Red Admiral and a Small Copper.