Leader Tom Rogers
Ten members plus two guests joined the leader at Langford Lakes. The weather was dry & warm with bright sunshine.
On arriving in the village I was met by a single Red Legged Partridge walking in the middle of the road. Then on entering the reserve a Red Kite was seen flying over the lakes.
We then started by walking on the main path and stopping at the first lake on our left, and saw a flock of Lapwings flying. Someone spotted a Kingfisher on a branch on the far bank, diving from its perch into the water to catch fish.
As we approached the far hide we passed an area of wild grassland with lots of flowers. Here we saw our first butterflies of the day: Common Blue, Brown Argus and Red Admiral. Also in this area a mist net had been erected with a man bird ringing. From the hide we observed a huge number of loud Canada Geese. Also located were two Green Sandpipers plus Oystercatcher and a single Common Sandpiper.
On returning via the left hand path a guest spotted and photographed a Tiger Marsh Fly and also a Hawk-Moth Caterpillar.
After lunch in the car park six remaining participants travelled to Bratton Camp, where the main focus was butterflies and Small Heath and Gatekeeper were soon found. A Skylark flew over and as we walked the footpath with banks on both sides we found lots of butterflies. Wall and Meadow Brown were seen but blue butterflies were very abundant. Lots of Common Blues were present along with even more beautiful Adonis Blues.
Crossing the Bratton road we made our way to the car park by walking along the top of a freshly painted Westbury White Horse.
A total of 44 birds were seen & heard.
List of Birds
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Long Tailed Tit
Red Legged Partridge
Southern Migrant Hawker
Elephant-Hawk Moth Caterpillar
Tiger Marsh Fly