Sunday, 1 June 2014

Bird Song SIG Sunday 25 May 2014

Chew Valley Lake   (Leader Lucy Delve)
. Target Species Reed Warbler (RW) and Reed Bunting (RB)

9 SIG members enjoyed a “Bird Watching With Your Eyes Closed” stroll along the lake margin and into light woodland. We were joined by about 100 low flying swifts, some at head height, probably
due to the cool, windy and mainly overcast conditions..
Both target species were singing well, the light, mainly three note song of the RB clearly heard, contrasting well with the harsher ramblings of the RW. The RW's were occasionally seen flitting
among the reeds while the male RB's song displays were in full sight. One handsome male in full breeding plumage posed so well that his song could be matched with his bill movements. A pair of RB's were seen with the female taking food to an unseen low level nest while the male remained  on guard.
Non bird species seen included green veined white, speckled wood, and common blue butterflies,
four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) dragonfly and three fat, woolly larvae (caterpillars)
of the Drinker (Philudoria potatoria), an Eggar Moth.
The pleasant morning ended with a twitch to try for a Great Reed Warbler reported seen at the bridge, unfortunately not successful, but we were flown out by two hunting hobbies.

Thank you Lucy.                                                                                                                          [VLB]

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