Monday, 25 May 2020

Back to checking the residents

Light SW to SSW breeze. Warm in the almost constant sunshine.

Middleton Nature Reserve
Some of the warblers seeemed to have stopped singing, including the Sedge Warblers! The only ones heard were: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common and Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler and Blackcap.
The Mute pair on the "no swimming" pond ended up with just the 4 chicks

Burnet Companion on Hysham Nature Reserve.
The above pictures from Kevin

Lighthouse area
No sign of either of the Redstarts, but one or both may still be within the Power Station grounds.
Rock pipits - female taking food to nest, male standing guard, a third bird was chased away twice.
If you sit on the wall near the lighthouse the male stands guard within 2m of you.
I doubt he's as charmed by the experience as me! (MD - I didn't stay long)

Moths - Mother Shipton 4
Butterflies - Common Blue, 2 male and 1 female.

Both males very worn for so early in season, either wind battered of they have travelled some way to get here, or both. (MD)