Sunday, 5 June 2011

Black Moss Reservoir, Pendle

Decided to make the most of a lovely sunny afternoon and did a circular walk taking in Black Moss Reservoirs and moorland areas with views of Pendle Hill. Got really hot even in the early evening though a light breeze picked up. Meadow Pipits seemed to be everywhere either sat on top of drystone walls or flitting from tussock to tussock with the air full of males sweet song proclaiming their territories. Saw one Reed Bunting.We came across a large flock of Starlings feeding in a marshy area with another noisy group sat on top of the drystone walls nearby. Small groups kept flying in, then splitting off, some birds joining some birds leaving, all the while keeping up a noisy chattering. Also watched a pair of Curlews in the hope we might see some chicks but no luck. At home we have baby Blue Tits and baby Greenfinches visiting the feeders. Watched the Greenfinch beg the feeder for food by quivering its wings - eventually got the hang of it! Chris Packham would probably say that while a fledgling Blue Tit is perfect as a design for life its probably destined to die in the summer time as a meal for a Sparrowhawk. Still at least they get to see the sun for a short while though not  to enjoy an Indian summer!

Meadow Pipit

Small White Butterfly

Fields are full of masses of Buttercups.

Small Heath

Mini murmuration

Lots of Ragged Robin in damp areas

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