Monday, 29 July 2019

Great Bricett, near Wattisham, Suffolk.

An afternoon woodland walk.

Common Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus).
After a rather wet weekend I decided to have a walk to a woodland near to our Son's house, the roadside woodlans was in the village of Great Bricett. As I walked there I saw lots of immature and adult Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and the first butterflies including Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp hispulla) and the first Common Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) that I had seen in a very long time.
The hedgerow wild flowers included Agimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris), Hedgerow Cranesbill (Geranium pyrenaicum), Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) and Old-mans Beard (Clematis vitalba).
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria).
I turned off on to a grassy track where I had more Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns as well as Small White (Pieris rapae) and when I cut into the wood several Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) of the Northern more creamy form.
As I walked along the field margins I saw more of the species already seen and when I reached the stream at the far end I added a male Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) which was feeding in an Elder Flower Bush and female type Common Whitethroat (Curruca Zarcera / Sylvia communis) which showed briefly in a tall gorse bush a little further along the track.
I walked in to the wood on a wide ride and found another nice Ringlet, more Gatekeepers and a very active Southern / Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) which flew up and down the ride continously without settling.
As I walked back through the wood and then along the field edge I found a famil party of  Pheasants (Faisán Vulgar / Phaisanus colchicus), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major) and a noisy Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
I got back to Alan's and in the garden there was a rather fat looking Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) pinching the fat balls.

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