Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Woodland and Farmland (7th August)

The local habitat to Rheinland-Pfalz isn't all much different from UK woodland and farmland albeit on a much larger scale.  Thanks to the substantial mixed forest, cereal and pastoral fields there’s also a couple more species than back in my normal Herts patch.  5 Clouded Yellows, 2 Pale Clouded Yellows, 2 Map Butterflies and a Silver-washed Fritillary definitely proved as such.

Other species of note included 3 Black Redtstarts and a Tree Sparrow.  The coniferous part of the woodland produced Crested Tit but attempting to track down woodpeckers wasn't worth the effort as they've become a lot more elusive as the breeding season progresses.

Crested Tit

Ephraim joined me later and we headed in the direction of Buchholz (a road leading up to the nearby church) once again passing through farmland and woodland. The woodland produced more Crested Tits, Firecrest and 3 Willow Tits.

Willow Tit, just about in the frame

Farmland, on the other hand was equally good with 2 Red-backed Shrikes, 1 Turtle Dove, Tree Sparrows, 2 Hares and 3 Black Redstarts in the village.

Red-backed Shrike

Turtle Dove

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