Chobham Common 8 July 2021

Fourteen members met at the Jubilee Mount car park on a cloudy, drizzly morning. The paths were wet and boggy after recent rains and the birds were subdued. Warblers were fortunately in fine voice and we heard good numbers of chiffchaffs, blackcaps and whitethroats as we progressed. Wrens and a song thrush made their presence felt while a couple of linnets perched in view. The tree tops held a number of stonechats flycatching, some of them juveniles. Two great spotted woodpeckers swooped over our heads. Then there was a brief glimpse of a Dartford warbler, followed by a snatch of song and later an excellent view of a one perched close to us while waiting for the opportunity of taking the food it was carrying to its nest. Later a few swifts streaked over the heath and a small flock of tits comprising blue, great, coal and long-tailed was encountered. The butterflies we saw were confined to a large skipper, a few small heaths and a fair number of silver-studded blues. We also found a single emperor dragonfly and several common blue damselflies. A list of 22 bird species reflected the conditio