Monday, 11 July 2011

Common Cause........

Highlight this morning was 24 Common Sandpiper on the mud opposite gull bank. Also, in the hedges were Goldfinch, Linnet, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats etc. A Peregrine was screeching from the pylon, and up to 7 Ravens were showing interest in a carcass, think it was a cow. A flock of 30 Starling, Shelduck with young, Lapwing, Curlew and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits were on the marsh.
The Flood saw 1 LRP, Wildfowlers’ 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 LRP. Freeman’s Pool saw 1 Little Egret which was good to see, also, 2 Common Sandpiper, 30 Lapwing, Little Grebe etc. Pair of Kestrel was also present. House Martin, Swallow and Swift numerous.

Dan here with a different slant on the day's birds (5 green sandpipers, 2 skylarks in song over marsh and one over the maize fields, 3 little ringed plovers including a juvenile, an early-ish common snipe) and some insect sightings:

A few dragonflies were braving the nagging wind, namely 8 emperors, 2 brown hawkers, 2 black-tailed skimmers and 5 of the season's first common darters. One of the latter pictured above. Sadly a speedy but inquisitive female/juv male. hawker species evaded identification. What an amateur!

Butterflies were largely unremarkable with a few red admirals, meadow browns and speckled woods, though a single painted lady was my first of the year.  DH.

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