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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Local News July

As to be expected nothing much happening birdwise this month, the Ings had been cut during the second week which is far better timing than in recent years when it was sometimes as early as late May/early June, at least the Reed Buntings will have got one brood off, but the cut brought in the opportunists, lots of Corvids and Pigeons around and a Buzzard and a pair of Kestrels were buzzing the area on the 14th, also ideal for loafing Gulls although just mainly Black Headed and Common at the moment, the only other things of note were a pair of Mute Swan on the river throughout the month, a Kingfisher flying from the river to the Ings Dyke on the 14th and watching a Sparrowhawk on a successful hunt. It’s generally been quite warm though which in turn has attracted a few Insects out, Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Gatekeepers have taken to the wing this month and there has been a big increase in all three species of Whites, there was an intriguing sighting of a Marbled White in Clifton Park mid-month and a few Red Admirals have appeared this last week, not many Dragonflies about though although they have included Southern and Brown Hawkers, Broad Bodied Chaser and Black Tailed Skimmer.

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