An actual, bona fide summer’s day today, and by a fluke I’d got today booked off work as a day’s leave. So I had a pleasant walk around Agden and Dale Dike reservoirs, and Agden Side.
Things have gone very quiet now – it doesn’t seem long at all since Agden Side was alive with singing tree pipits, wrens and willow warblers, but now it’s almost completely silent, save for the grasshoppers and the odd twitterings from goldfinches and meadow pipits.
Elsewhere there were very few birding highlights. A spotted flycatcher was at Agden – the patch of conifers near the entrance on Smallfield Lane is a very reliable spot for them – and a kingfisher was at Dale Dike (that’s four I’ve spotted in four days now!). Dale Dike’s also got a few mallard ducklings on it, showing the breeding season is still under way, at least for a few birds.
The best bit of birding of the whole day was at the section of path near Windy Bank where someone hangs birdfeeders. Here there were several jays, coal tits, blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, grey squirrels and a yellowy juvenile willow warbler (making me think wood warbler for a brief moment or two). A kestrel flew overhead, and a buzzard could be heard mewing somewhere above. The coal tits proved to be the most photogenic, including the adorable bundle of fluff below.
Elsewhere, on the public bridleway between Agden and Dale Dike, a small party of four squabbling wrens were too busy sorting out their territories to take any notice of me, and proved to be uncharacteristically photogenic. [EDIT – it has been pointed out to me that these birds pictured were actually recently fledged juveniles, and so won’t have been doing anything territorial at all.]
And finally a pic of a speckled wood – I tried for ages to take a photo of a red admiral that was flitting about, but sadly it wouldn’t settle on anything for long enough, but this fella made up for it.