We passed the gym at Creeksea and waved to a friend as she rowed to and fro on a machine; she later said how she envied us out bird watching – it was one of those super days when you wouldn’t want to be indoors unless you absolutely had to.
The grass area around the car park at the marina had a proliferation of flowers including grass vetchling, a member of the pea family, which has a delightful small purple flower and can be easily missed, especially when not flowering, as it can be mistaken for grass. Walking beside the railway line we spotted a day flying moth resting with its wings open and showing the intricate lattice pattern on its wings, aptly named the latticed heath. We could hear blackcaps, whitethroats, robins, blackbirds and numerous tits and later several skylarks. Unfortunately the latter have had their nests disturbed as the fields where they have regularly been seen and heard were being cropped. A train disturbed a flock of starlings on the far side of the track and adults and their young that hugely increased their numbers swirled around forming a mini-murmuration.
Nothing was seen on or over the lake that since our last visit has been cleared of vegetation, red buoys placed in it and the moored boat removed, presumably for the use of paddleboards, a new venture.
On the saltings thrift has come into bloom. This plant, otherwise known as sea pink, is known as the plant of sympathy and was featured on George V1 brass threepenny bits.
The riverside yielded nothing and the resident little egret was nowhere to be seen. However, we did see a grey heron in flight being chased by a crow. Once again in the reed beds we heard the song of two reed warblers but so far this year we haven’t heard the cetti’s warbler, nor lately the moorhens – perhaps the reed beds need to be thinned as the reeds almost fill the water area.
It was decided by the regulars that this year will be our last for ‘Our Patch’
Next Meeting – Friday 20th July 2.00 meet in the marina car park
Birds: Blackbird, Starling, Robin, Sparrow, Wren, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Great & Blue Tits, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Skylark, Linnet, Swallow, Reed Warbler, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Crow, Grey Heron, Black-headed & Herring Gull.
Flowers: Daisy, Dandelion, Cow Parsley, Dog Rose, Mallow, White & Red Clover, Bulbous & Creeping Buttercup, White Deadnettle, Speedwell, Chickweed, Small-flowered Cranesbill, Hoary Cress, Shepherd’s Purse, Hawthorn, Common Vetch, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Stinging Nettle, Cleavers, Hairy Tare, Field Poppy, Ribwort Plantain, Black & Spotted Medick, Field Forget-me-not, Hedge Mustard, Ragwort, White & Red Campion, Scented & Scentless Mayweed, Herb Robert, Prickly Sowthistle, Bramble, Wayfaring Tree, Water Crowfoot, Thrift, Flag Iris, Hedge Bindweed, Honeysuckle, Elder
Other: Buff-tailed bumblebee, Brimstone, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue & Common Blue butterflies, Latticed Heath day flying moth, Woodlouse, Caterpillar (2” brown hairy with white dots on side), Damselfly.