Monday, 5 August 2019

Priorslee Lake, Telford, Shropshire.

A walk around the lake looking for Dragons.

Common Tern (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo).
Jayne, Sue and Barb wee going for a walk around the Telford Town Centre so I got them to drop me off at the lake where the first call was at the sandwich van before I had a Clockwise walk around the lake. 
Common Tern (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo).
I started off along the southern shore line counting a few of the bird species as I went, the first counts were Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) x61, Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) 11, Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) x25, Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) x9, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) x1, Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor) x8, Greylag Geese (Ansar Común / Anser anser) x2 and Common Tern (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo) x1.
Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
As I walked in to an area of grassland between the scrub patches I found the first of many Common Blue Damselflies (Enallagma cyathinerum), Peacock (Aglais io) butterfies and Gatekeepers (Pyronia tithonus).
Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
Around the edges of the grassland areas i found several Brown Hawkers (Aeshna grandis) moving between the Hawthorn bushes, a couple of Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) which were sunning themselves on the paths and both Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) and Green-veined White (Pieris napi) in the longer grass.
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum).
As I reached the Boating ramp I had much better views of the Mute Swan Family, Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) x3, Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) x3 and a couple of Reed Warblers (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) in the reed beds opposite, here I also found a few Red-eyed Damselflies (Erythromma najas) and a single male Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator).
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum).
As I continued on around towards the more wooded side of the lake  heard and then saw a small group of Bullfinches (Camachuelo Común / Pyrrhula pyrrhula), along with Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Common Whitethroat (Curruca Zarcera / Sylvia communis), Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) x1, Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Rook (Graja /  Corvus frugilegus) x3,  Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes).
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum).
Along the walk through the woods Common Treecreeper (Agateador Norteño / Certhia familiaris), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus),  Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) x 120+, House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus) x1, Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis), as well as Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) and Large White (Pieris brassicae).
Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor).
As I walked back to the car park and saw the first hirundines of the day when a mixed group of Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) flew around high up with a single Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and a couple of soaring Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor).

Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor).
Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor).
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum).
Peacock (Aglais io).
Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus).
Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus).


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