Thursday 2 June 2016

The diamond-backs arrive

Heysham Obs
They probably arrived yesterday but no reports as yet.  At least 6 casually disturbed from grass round the office but none in the trap!

Moth trap
Not helped by the easterly into the window but still held Shaded Pug, a local speciality this far north


Heysham Obs
The first Large Skipper of the year (thanks Janet) and either a very late or a very early Brimstone


Heysham Obs
Some bad news as regards the extra Mute Swans on Middleton - under investigation

Evening visit to Middleton (Malcolm)
Not a sight nor sound of Cetti's or Grasshopper warblers.4 swallow, 2 swift & 1 house martin feeding.WeBS list:2 mute + 4 cygnet, 8 mallard + 9 chicks, 4 coot + 3 chicks, 2 moorhen, 2 little grebe, 1 little ringed plover.

Another Ruddy Highflyer in the moth trap

Female Broad-bodied Chaser on one of the new ponds, Middleton (BBC are not very common here c/p 4-spot Chaser)