Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Warburg Nature Reserve, Bix, Oxon. 14th July 2007.

An afternoon visit to Warburg nature reserve today brought me my first ever sighting of the Purple Emperor Butterfly.After chatting with one of the wardens and checking the sightings board in the information office we made our way across the car park towards the rifle range path, we grabbed my scope and binoculars from the car and got ready to set off, as we did so the warden returned to the car park and pointed out a single Purple Emperor Butterfly flitting across the car park and right between us, it stopped briefly on a car roof before flying over our heads and off over the trees.

A Chiffchaff was calling from the trees next to the path along the rifle range and a Buzzard could be heard calling from the distance.Further around the reserve Goldcrests could be heard calling to each other and at least 2 Marsh Tits could be heard calling from 2 separate locations.

At the pond hide along the main track a patient wait rewards us with close views of Chiffchaff, Female Blackcap and a Female Bullfinch all coming down to drink or wash, Blue & Great Tit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Wood Pigeon were also around the pond.

At the hide adjacent to the information centre 2 Marsh Tits were using the Niger feeders only a foot or so away from the hide window, a small Lizard ran across the window sill of the hide and a Wood Mouse scurried through the undergrowth in front of the hide.A Great-spotted Woodpecker scattered the family party of Great Tits that were busy feeding on the nut feeder.

2 Red Kites were circling across the fields at the reserve entrance and another 2 further towards Bix.

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