June 2017

18th. I went to Shapwick Heath to see my first white admiral butterflies. They were tricky, but patience paid off and I had some good views. I also heard 2 quail on Butleigh Moor and saw a marsh harrier between Wedmore and Cheddar.

white admiral

white admiral

white admiral

white admiral

white admiral

white admiral

5th-9th. The annual field course at Orielton, Pembrokeshire. Lots of rain this year, though we did manage to get to Skomer. Photos of whitethroat, swallow, spotted flycatcher (nesting at the field centre), short-eared owl, hummingbird hawk moth, and of course, puffins. I also saw 2 common dolphins off Stackpole Head and a common porpoise from close to the Skomer crossing point.

whitethroat

spotted flycatcher

swallow

short-eared owl

hummingbird hawk moth

hummingbird hawk moth

puffin

puffin

puffin

puffin

puffin

3rd. Ham Wall RSPB reserve. The first-summer female red-footed falcon could be seen distantly from the railway bridge, together with 2 hobbies. At least 3 cattle egrets present. Recently fledged Cetti's warblers were making 'pinging' calls while waiting to be fed. The male little bittern sang a lot, and showed well at times.

little bittern

little bittern

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