Friday, 27 May 2011

Croxley Common Moor

I spent the best part of the morning at Croxley Common Moor with birding pal Steve Carter checking out the breeding birds and photographing flora in bloom.
Species observed as follows;
Grey Heron (1), Mute Swan (1), Mallard (6), Pheasant (displaying cock), Moorhen (2 pairs with fledged young), Black-headed Gull (1), Lesser Black-backed Gull (3, presumed to be breeding at Watford Town Centre), Feral Pigeon (4 over briefly), Woodpigeon, Swift (2), Great-spotted Woodpecker (adult collecting food), Pied Wagtail (1), Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird (collecting food), Song Thrush (collecting food), Sedge Warbler (displaying male), Reed Warbler (several pairs including adult with faecal sac), Common Whitethroat (several singing male), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Blackcap (several singing male plus pair with fledged young), Chiffchaff (2 singing male), Willow Warbler (singing male), Long-tailed Tit (pair with fledged young), Blue Tit (pair with young in nest box), Great Tit, Jay (1), Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling (post breeding flock of c30 including fledged young), Chaffinch (singing male), Greenfinch (6), Goldfinch (2 pairs plus single fledged young), Reed Bunting (3 singing male).

                                          Moorhen and juv on River Gade, Croxley Common Moor

Below are a selection of flowers photographed today I am not an expert so apologies for any errors!

                                                        Common Poppy

                                                        Blue Water Iris



                                                       Goat's-Beard (seed head)

                                                       Ribbed Melilot


                                                        Wooly Thistle

                                                        Red Clover

                                                        White Clover



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