Middleton Nature Reserve early afternoon.
First records this year, to my knowledge:
Common darter 2
No sign of any Painted lady, but Janet reported several from Heysham Moss, just east of the recording area boundary.
Two introduced species seem to be flourishing:
1. Signal crayfish - this pile of debris on the main pond are the remnants of this species eaten by otter. Spraints surround the area. N.B. The Otter are natural.
2. Fish in main pond. It is not clear how fish were introduced, possibly naturally. There were c400 7cm long fish taking small insect from surface. They appear to be Rudd, but could be more exotic.
Two pair of mute remain each with 5 young.
Mallard with single chick represents the only young duck so far this year
Ocean Edge salt marsh
Lapwing 1. A bit unseasonable.
Heysham Office Moth Trap
Still meagre numbers with last night's catch of:
Heart and Dart - 9
Mottled Rustic - 2
Riband Wave - 1
Marbled Minor agg. - 1