My enthusiasm for a walk this morning was marred somewhat by the gusty wind still blowing! Though still feeling the effects of a head cold I decided to have a mosey around the car boot sale and possibly afterwards a short walk at the Fisheries. It was blowing a gale at the car boot as the field it is held in is at a high altitude and exposed, it is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Clent Hills. I purchased four French Lavender plants for a tenner, great value! With their wonderful perfume and colour I am hoping to attract plenty of bees and butterflies into my garden with these plants and my existing plants and not forgetting the Buddleias which attract loads of insects when in flower!
A Yellowhammer flew across the track on my down to the Fisheries and a Skylark was in-flight singing. Blue and Great Tits were feverishly gathering insects, I would imagine their young are close to fledging soon. House Martins c 20 were a delight to see as they hunted for insects over the paddocks and nearby fields, a sight I could have watched all day. Other highlights were a male Bullfinch, Wren , Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and a splendid Sedge Warbler whose singing was a joy to hear as it perched on the outer branches of a small Oak tree.
Buttercups were now plentiful and looked a treat in the sunshine (when it shone), it seemed a shame to have to walk amongst them down the path, I trod carefully.lol! The only butterfly seen today was a Common Blue which was settled in low vegetation where I had parked my car, no doubt the cool air and winds had taken it's toll, hopefully it perked up as the day warmed up slightly.
An afternoon visit was taken to Upton Warren to see the reported Red-necked Phalarope, a super little wader. It was distant but scope brills of it were splendid to see. Other highlights were Ringed and Little ringed Plover, Peregrine, Hobby, Oystercatcher and chick, Dunlin, Common Tern, White Wagtail and a grumpy looking Great Tit chick.lol!
A bad hairday for this Blue Tit!