Sunday, July 1, 2012

Enjoying the lull

Dad rapping at Pulborough Brooks! Not bad for 72

Since getting back from Scotland I have kinda slowed down on the birding front, which has actually been a nice little break. We did take a visit to Pulborough Brooks RSPB reserve on Farther's Day, though this was more like a nice drive and afternoon tea for my dad. It was a fun afternoon with lots of laughs and a few birds including my first Mediterranean Gull for many years.

Nolan with Eagle Owl just outside Pulborough Brooks
Stag Beetle found in our garden

What else? Well, a fly over Peregrine at our home in Woking put a smile on my face as it was a species I had not yet added to my local patch. 

Lori and I headed out to Box Hill last weekend and spent a few hiking hours the area, especially along the River Mole. The woods were fairly quiet with only a few species betraying their presence such as Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Wren, Blackcap and Garden Warbler. 

Box Hill
River Mole
A mid-week walk along the Wey Navigation in Pyrford produced Kingfisher and Little Owl and a work related trip to Welwyn Garden City was made a little less dull with the site of Kestrel, Buzzard, Red Kite and Yellowhammer en-route.

Today Lori and I headed out to Leith Hill the highest point in southeast England. It was a fairly easy walk with species including Buzzard, Kestrel, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Wren, Blackcap, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Blackbird. Rain started about 20 seconds before we reached our car so it only seemed good manners to check out a local pub..William IV, which had sausage butties at the bar for £1.10!!

18th Century Gothic Tower at Leith Hill


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