Middleton Nature Reserve early am (JR. PM)
Two tree pipit, small influx whitethroat (8 ringed), five more Snipe - one flock, c35 swallow SE
Ocean Edge/Red Nab 10:00 (MD)
Just 2 Wheatear.
Middleton Nature Reserve - mid morning
It seemed strange walking around with the constant background noise of running water, as the overnight rainwater sought out the ponds and culverts.
Main pond - 5 adult, 1 x 2nd calendar year, 2 x 1st calendar year
No swimming pond - 2 adult, 3 x 1st calendar year
Tim Butler pond - 1 adult
Mallard 14 (Most comprising 10, now mature, chicks)
Gadwall 2 - first since spring, no breeding success this year
Little grebe 2
|Little grebe, starting to moult to winter plumage|
Butterflies included: Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Small White.
Dragonflies: Common Darter, Emperor, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker 4, Southern Hawker 1.
The floodwater made for some unusual, but attractive pictures.
|These were in the horse field on the road to the recycling centre|
|Best "guess" now is Purple Loosestrife (MD)|
Lighthouse area - just a brief look at high water.
Rock Pipit - the juvenile bird is still around and was, at least trying, to feed itself.