Thursday, 28 May 2020

More coverage today

Light vaiable breeze and sunshine for most of the day.

Middleton Nature Reserve
A comprehensive survey of the flying fauna by Dan (H) - much appreciated

Selected passerines (all nine warblers) singing males;
Whitethroat 8, Willow Warbler 6, Chiffchaff 5, Sedge Warbler 4, Blackcap 2, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1,  Reed Warbler 2
Plus Cetti's Warbler 1--contact calls only.
Greenfinch 3 Linnet 5 Reed Bunting 6 Meadow Pipit 2. (Bullfinch 2 pairs)

And a bonus - Little Ringed Plover over (from OCean Edge to waterworks) - think this is the only record so far this year.

Black-tailed Skimmer 3 (m, f, teneral)
Four-Spot Chaser 20
Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed, Azure present.
Cockchafer on wing!
Common Blue 13 (males), Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small White 8, Large White 2, Green-veined White 2.
Plus a Large Skipper photographed by Kevin

Teneral Black-tailed Skimmer picture from Dan too

Rock Pipits
Lighthouse area pair still feeding young in nest, also a third adult in area
This excellent picture from Craig (B) is actually from yesterday, the young must be getting quite large to be being fed such large Sea Slater

The pair on north side below Heysham Head cliffs have at least one fledged young.
This adult was feeding...

This juvenile

Two nice moths from Kevin's trap SD46A
Bordered Sallow - only a few annually on our coast

Alder Moth