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The signs were not good when we set off on our wildlife walk this morning, strong winds and cloudy skies usually mean few birds and insects around but as we walked the weather improved and in sheltered areas the wildlife came out for us.

As is often the case on windy days, small birds keep well hidden and it certainly was the case today with very few being seen. It was also difficult to hear their calls and songs so overall our bird count was low. However, there were a few Blue Tits here and there, plus the usual Woodpigeons, Crows and Magpies. At the lake, there were a few Coots, Mallards and Moorhens plus the reducing flock of Canada Geese - only 8 of these today. However, as we came through the gap near the pillbox, we saw a nice small flock of Swallows and House Martins, then a Green Woodpecker and a Blue Tit, plus a few Starlings flying by - all in 5 minutes!

As the sun started to emerge, more and more butterflies began to come out of hiding. A few Large Whites were seen and we had the usual problems separating Small Whites from Green Veined Whites but managed to ID several GV Whites. A few Meadow Browns were also seen but the stars of the show were a Holly Blue and a really nice male Common Blue, both looked like they had recently emerged and were in great condition. A final butterfly added to the list was a lone Gate Keeper as we were just leaving the park.

We only saw one species of Dragonfly but as predicted yesterday, this was the Migrant Hawker and was in the park in decent numbers. These will be in the park for the next few weeks, flying around the hedges and trees rather than around the lake and are a medium/small dragonfly, which is increasing in the UK.

Another nice morning walk around the park with some good sightings.

Martin Singleton Birds: Total Number of Species: 16  

Common Name Scientific Name DateTotal Count
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 26/08/2020 4
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 26/08/2020 2
Canada GooseBranta canadensis 26/08/2020 8
Carrion Crow Corvus corone 26/08/2020 3
Common House Martin Delichon urbicum 26/08/2020 3
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 26/08/2020 2
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris 26/08/2020 4
Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus 26/08/2020 11
Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus 26/08/2020 6
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 26/08/2020 1
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 26/08/2020 3
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica 26/08/2020 3
European Green Woodpecker Picus viridis 26/08/2020 1
European Robin Erithacus rubecula 26/08/2020 2
House Sparrow Passer domesticus 26/08/2020 2
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 26/08/2020 2

Butterflies: Total Number of Species: 8  

Common Name Scientific Name DateTotal Count
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus 26/08/2020 1
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus 26/08/2020 1
Green-veined White Artogeia napi 26/08/2020 6
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus 26/08/2020 1
Large White Pieris brassicae 26/08/2020 7
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina 26/08/2020 3
Small White Artogeia rapae 26/08/2020 2
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria 26/08/2020 1

Dragonflies: Total Number of Species: 1  

Common Name Scientific Name DateTotal Count
Migrant HawkerAeshna mixta26/08/2020 13