Thornbury

Frampton on Severn

Frampton on Severn July 9th 2018
On a very hot day nine members met in the shade of the car park to set off anti-clockwise around the lakes. A chiffchaff and a loud blackcap could be heard as we enjoyed the cool of the track to the sailing club. A loud alarmed wren, with insects in its beak was seen flitting in the bushes. We went to the sailing club and watched a family of pied wagtails feeding on the numerous insects along the edge of the lake. Black headed gulls stood on the far pontoon. A reed warbler was briefly seen in the reeds beside the pontoon. Everywhere was quiet in the heat. A moorhen and her chicks swam on the pond behind the houses. We then continued around the sailing lake. A common tern made lazy passes, while another one rested on a buoy in the middle of the lake. Numerous dragonflies, chasers and darters and damselflies were everywhere. Views across the lake were limited as many of the ways down to the water have been fenced off with padlocked gates.

The fields shimmered in the heat and butterflies abounded. In the hedge a whitethroat was heard and briefly seen disappearing into the cover. A dunnock flew over the beans. Back in the cool of the woodland we watched blue tits, and a blackbird. Then a buzzard carrying its prey flew over the field. At Court Lake we saw egrets, Canada geese, many mute swans, a great crested grebe diving and a herring gull. It was a perfect day for butterflies and dragonflies with interesting birds as well.

Cilla

BIRDS BUTTERFLIES
Wood Pigeon Great tit Red admiral
Chiff Chaff Swift Gatekeeper
Wren Common tern Comma
Mute swan Magpie Marbled white
Pied wagtail Dunnock Small and large white
House sparrow Whitethroat Meadow brown
Canada goose Blackbird Ringlet
Jackdaw Blue tit Brimstone
Black headed gull Buzzard Silver washed fritillary
Goldfinch Greenfinch
Reed warbler Little egret
Crow Herring gull Dragonflies
Moorhen Great crested grebe Chaser
Blackcap Damselflies

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