Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Hurcott Pools & Wood Nature Reserve....20/06/2010
It has been a while since I had a walk around this reserve. The pools were quiet albeit for a couple of Coots, Moorhen, 3 Great Crested Grebe and Mallards. Swallows and Martins flew low over the pools and also dipping into the water for a drink, a lovely sight to see in such a peaceful location. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen and heard as it drummed on an old tree trunk and apart from this bird a couple of Blue Tits and juvenile Robin were the only other woodland birds seen. A lovely heady scent of Honeysuckle suddenly filled the air whilst walking alongside the pool! It was growing in the vegetation and winding it's way up a couple of tree trunks. Summer has definately arrived when the Honeysuckle fragrance fills the air, wonderful! A Micro-Moth was found on the parapet of a bridge, I have ID'd it as Nemophora degeerella! What a mouthful, I am just pleased that I only have to write it and not pronounce it.lol!! The male has longest antennae of all British moths: female antennae much shorter. Usually in woodland. I was very pleased with this find!
On the meadow side of the reserve highlights were Song and Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff (heard), Swifts, Jay, Buzzard, Kestrel and Saprrowhawk. Common Bird's-foot-trefoil looked a treat with the bright sunshine highlighting it's vivid yellow colour. Small tortoiseshell and Small skipper were the only butterflies seen.