Friday, 17 September 2021

Mobile waders

The breeze started SE drifted as far as SW by mid afternoon before settling back to south.  Mainly overcast but the sunny spells were very warm.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing and vis report from Jean:

Ringing:

Only 16 new birds today.

Grey Wagtail 5

Meadow Pipit 3

Chiffchaff 2

Wren 2

Whitethroat 1

Blackcap 1

Reed Bunting 1

Goldfinch 1

and 2 Blue Tit recent retraps


Vis was equally low key:

Grey Wagtail 11 (includes the ringed birds)

Meadow Pipit 16 (includes the ringed birds)

Linnet 4

Chaffinch 6

Pied Wagtail 1

Goldfinch 13

Snipe 4

Pink-footed Goose 3

Swallow 1

The surprise was the flocks of Starlings moving through, all heading south. A total of 171  was counted in an hour when the ringing was quiet enough to allow me to monitor vis properly.


Red Nab - saltmarsh area towards high water (MD)
Wheatear just 1
Rock Pipit 2
Little Egret 7
Mediterranean gull 5 adult on Red Nab plus 1 out from saltmarsh 
Shelduck 5
Lapwing 34
Redshank 15
Kestrel 1 on foreshore 
Robin 2 on saltmarsh 
Meadow Pipit 2 over to south
All the above were close in, the following were all further out.

These neap tides do not cover the mud out from the saltmarsh, there were loads of waders today, unfortunately flushed by tide and a dog, but more walkers near Potts flushed some back.
These are only very loose estimates as they were so mobile (almost certainly underestimated)
Knot c2,000
Dunlin c1,000
Bar-Tailed Godwit c100
Grey Plover c80
Oystercatcher unusually just a handful.

I have been asked which section of beach the waders settle on, so this clip is just to show the location. In it are: Bar-Tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Knot, Dunlin (plus the last of the Oystercatcher flying off). At the end of the clip you can see Ocean Edge foreshore on the right.
Anyone viewing from the foreshore would have been closer to the birds than I was. The above birds plus many, many more flew off towards Potts not long after this clip, fortunately some returned to the beach just out from the saltmarsh, easily visible from the slipway. 

In this clip, there are already Knot and Grey Plover in the shallow water as a flock of Dunlin comes in. Watch the pale bird land in the middle of the screen, in the front line of waders. After landing it quickly makes its way to the water's edge on the right, clearly paler than the Dunlin.

This short clip of it feeding is as zoomed in as I can manage. Not long after this, they were off south again.
I'm pretty confident that it is a winter plumage Sanderling (MD). These are about as distinctive a bird as you can see, wonder what subtler waders could be amongst the hoards around.......

Talking of distinctive birds. This Grey Plover was the sole remaining wader after a while. It's coming out of summer plumage now, but still unmistakable.
Grey Plover moulting out of summer plumage 

This is a nice comparison shot of an adult Mediterranean gull and an adult Black-Headed gull
Med gull left, BHG right

Finally, I like this shot of a Common Darter from Janet, just south of Middleton, technically out of the recording area, but we have lots of Common Darter within. Janet speculates that it can't read. I just think that it is a guard dragonfly (MD)
Female Common Darter on guard duty!

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Enjoying the ordinary

Light west wind. Overcast to begin with, but increasing sunshine during the day.

Only my stuff so far today (MD)

Heysham Head - mid morning
Common Whitethroat 2 seen
Chiffchaff 1 heard
Robin at least 5 off passage birds spread out along the rocks below the cliffs
One of five Robin on the rocks below the cliffs
Rock Pipit 4 - I do like it when a bird is comfortable enough with your presence to walk towards you. It only veered off as someone else approached. It is talking more that presence that they are wary of.

House Sparrows are not particularly common over the recording area, but there is a thriving community in the brambles of Half Moon Bay field. This is the path just before the gate to Heysham Head. The birds are not only feeding on the plant seeds but also bathing in the dust bowls, again, until someone approaches.

Middleton Nature Reserve - mid afternoon 
Mute Swan pair with 9 cygnet 
Gadwall 8
Mallard 7
This Black-Headed gull triggers a bathing frenzy!
Moorhen 2 adult 3 immature 
No Coot seen
Grey Heron 1
Little Egret 1

Butterflies included:
Red Admiral 3+
Comma 2
Meadow Brown - several
Speckled Wood - lots

Dragonflies:
Emperor 3+
Brown Hawker 1
Migrant Hawker 6+
Common Darter c10

Buzzard 1 juvenile quickly through to the north
Juvenile Buzzard (no terminal bar on tail (MD))

Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1
This Kestrel appears to have a metal ring
The last one ringed locally was 2015

These next two clips are of a young Little Egret, trying to learn how to fish. It's first attempt is somewhere between a Kingfisher and an Osprey (apologies to both!)

The second attempt was slightly better, but needs to improve its footwork, and realise that the fish aren't going to wait for you to pick them out of the water - good luck.......

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Spotted Flycatcher best from a decent day.

Light breeze started from the south, before moving to the west. Warm and sunny all day.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing and vis report from Alan:

There was much less cloud than expected this morning but the ringing catch was quite respectable

Meadow Pipit 5

Grey Wagtail 13

Dunnock 2 + 1 retrap

Robin 3

Blackbird 1

Whitethroat 1

Blackcap 6

Blue Tit 2


Reed Bunting 1

A further five Grey Wagtails were seen but escaped capture. Meadow Pipits were attracted to the MP3 player in small numbers (at least 27) as well as the five captured. A flock of 25 Starlings flying fast south at 10.00 were probably passage birds. 


South shore
Shaun had a quick check of the harbour area this morning

Mediterranean Gull  5 adults and 3 1st winters

Little Egret 12 in the vicinity of Red Nab

Chiffchaff 2 and Pied Wagtail 7 south side of harbour


I checked Red Nab and foreshore at evening high water (MD)

Mediterranean gull 7 adult and 4 first winter on Red Nab (there will be overlap with Shaun's)
Common Sandpiper 1 Red Nab
Shelduck 16
Wheatear 2
Rock Pipit 2

Kestrel 1 still hunting, so presumably is catching something 


Heysham Head early afternoon (MD)

Wheatear 6
Rock Pipit 2
Sand Martin 2 south
Spotted Flycatcher 1. Feeding from the trees on the west side of the wood.
Spotted Flycatcher 

Heysham Nature Reserve afternoon 
Janet took these shots during her stroll around
Small Copper

Common Darter male

Garden Spider (I think (MD)) wrapping its lunch

Buzzard 4 together on eastern boundary, see below

So far, with very few exceptions, the only records I have posted on this blog have been within the recording area for the Observatory. This is a bit of a shame, as it excludes some interesting records within the Heysham area, but outside of the recording area. Most notably Heysham Moss which is just east of the rail track that acts as the eastern observatory boundary. So, starting today anything of note in the Heysham area but outside the recording area will be included in this post as an addendum (in blue), but obviously will not be included in the Observatory annual report (MD)
Out of recording area
Heysham Moss Reserve 
This is a very nice reserve, in many ways my favourite of the three local reserves, although the going can be a bit tricky away from the maintained pathways. But there is plenty to be seen from the paths, particularly this time of year when the insects are active. The easiest access is from Meldon Road, just north of Jenny Nook. There is a footpath over the railway bridge and the reserve entrance gate is c100m past the bridge.
Today myself with Peter and Rosemary Silvester had a walk along the western edge of the reserve.
One of the objectives of today's walk was to see how the Black Darters are doing this year. The answer is, not bad, but the males might be a bit lonely, as no females seen today.
Black Darter 2 males seen from the main path, another 7 males were located with a quick excursion into the peat moss on the south section.



Four of the male Black Darters

There were lots of other interesting insects to see. Rosemary took these shots.
Honey Bees in a tree hole nest entrance 

Peter and Rosemary have done some research on this Hoverfly and decided
that it is, almost certainly, a Bog Hoverfly (Sericomyia silentis).
It has now been confirmed as a bog Hoverfly.

I thought this was a female Migrant Hawker, unfortunately some key 
features were not visible, so again, any comments would be welcome (MD)
Female Common Darter
Pair of Common Darters - the female has quite worn wings
All of today's pictures are high resolution and much better appreciated when opened.

By late morning there were Common Darters everywhere, in one small pool there were 9 pairs ovipositoring at the same time. This clip shows four pairs, and it is a fifth pair that quickly flies through the frame.

Buzzard 4 together, being harassed by a Sparrowhawk, while gaining height on the thermal created by the Moss before drifting to the west into the recording area.
Common Buzzard 



Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Ringed Rock Pipit returns for duty

The NE breeze continues, mainly overcast and light showers till mid morning then dry with some short sunny spells.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
First, I missed Pete's summary of yesterday morning's ringing session on Middleton Nature Reserve.

Ringed: 

3 Grey Wagtail (out of four over), 

5 Blackcap, 

2 Chiffchaff 

1 Garden warbler, 

3 LOng Tailed Tit

1 Meadow Pipit 


Single figure swallow and meadow pipit over

Green woodpecker again early on 


This is today's ringing and vis report from Jean:

Early morning drizzle stifled any vis but once it cleared there was a small movement of Swallows and a steady trickle of Meadow Pipits. Warblers took time to arrive, with the first one just before 10am. 


Ringing today:

Meadow Pipit 11

Robin 5 (comment from Pete - The main migrant today was subtle - there were Robins all along  the coastal strip and we even caught 5 in two nets at Middleton without tapes)

Willow Warbler 1

Chiffchaff 1

Blackcap 1

Cetti’s Warbler 1

Great Tit 1

Wren 1 retrap.


Grounded migrants:

Whitethroat 1

Reed Bunting 2


Vis:

Meadow Pipit - given the number ringed, 50 probably went over.

Grey Wagtail - 5

Pied Wagtail - 1

Swallow - 12

Linnet - 2


South shore low water this morning (MD)
Wheatear 4 on foreshore 
Rock Pipit 5 - 2 on Red Nab, plus the ringed male was back on territory near the lighthouse and chased off two other birds. It was also inspecting previous and potential nest holes and displaying.
This was the only angle I could manage to show the ring on the right leg
Still, it's not often you see a picture of a Rock Pipit's back

This shot of it displaying isn't much better 
I'd wondered where it had been, Pete advised that it would have been quietly moulting somewhere.

There were two Robin and at least one "warbler" (likely Willow warbler) calling from the scrub near the lighthouse. A Chiffchaff was singing from the scrub behind Red Nab.

The outflows seemed to be at full capacity after a long break, the gulls were also interested in the waterfall again. Nothing of note today. Several young gulls had already tried and rejected this piece of apple peel. This young Herring gull was the last in the pecking order.

This adult Herring gull was glaring at me, I was obviously walking around its favourite mussel breaking area. This looks like an easy meal, but it takes a lot of effort to break a mature mussel's anchorage, and it often takes several attempts to break it open by dropping it on the harbour wall. And there isn't really a lot of mussel inside.
Herring gull with a mussel, soon to be broken by dropping on the harbour wall.

Mediterranean gull 5 adult plus 1 first winter resting on the rocks at the seaward end of the beach next to the wooden jetty. We have received an update of the Belgian ringed bird from yesterday. A bit of a disappointment, when it was first seen here in 2020, England was the fifth country that it had been seen in. Since then, the only record away from Heysham was Lancaster! Still it's nice to know that it is doing ok.

White 3VEP ringed as a pullus 09/06/16 
At marais d'Harchies; Bernissart; Hainaut; Wallonia; BELGIUM 50,27N 3,41

The sun came out as was going through the nature park behind Red Nab, bringing out the insects.
Red Admiral 3
Painted Lady 1
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Small White 1
Speckled Wood 3
Migrant Hawker dragonfly 3

Kevin did a check in the early afternoon:

5 Wheatear along the Ocean Edge shore. A few butterflies sunning themselves along the wall. 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral.


Shaun did another thorough search of Heysham Head 08:00 - 10:00

Whinchat 2 (females - yesterday's birds)

Stonechat 2 (imms - different area than yesterdays, but presumably yesterday's bird + an extra one)

Whitethroat 7

Blackcap male

Chiffchaff 2


Swallow 35

House Martin 10

Sand Martin 5 

The above over the wood, then dispersed when it cleared up.


Wheatear 9 on beach quickly moved through

Rock Pipit 4

Little Egrets 7


Later - 23 Wheatears Middleton Sands– most of which came down in a shower and swiftly flitted east when the sun came out - thanks to Dan for this





Monday, 13 September 2021

First of the autumn Chats

A fresh breeze from east to SE. Overcast all day with a few showers.

First, three pictures of yesterday's birds:
These two from Howard 
Alba wagtail possibly White (rump not visible) 

Wheatear 
This one from Kevin
Adult Mediterranean gull on Red Nab

Everything below is from today:
Middleton Nature Reserve 
Janet managed these excellent shots of a Roe Deer
Roe Deer - probably a doe. It's a bit early for bucks to have shed
their antlers, especially without leaving any trace (MD)
All the six image above are high resolution and are best appreciated by opening them to view.

Shaun had a thorough look around today:

Heysham Head 10:15 - 11:45

Whinchat 2 (female) 

Stonechat 1 (imm)

These are the first chat records here this autumn 

Whitethroat 3, Blackcap m + f, Chiffchaff 3. 


{Then walked to the harbour and back, but didn't note down times}


Smithy Lane: Chiffchaff 1


Heysham Nature Reserve: 

Chiffchaff 3 with large Long-tailed Tit flock c.15 birds + 3 Coal Tit's with them.


Money Close Dog Walk Path: 

Chiffchaff 2 and Blackcap female. 

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.


Red Nab: 

Mediterranean Gull 5 adults

5 Rock Pipits. 

Wheatear 2. 

Little Egret 6. 

Pair of Pergrines over Power Station.


Outfall 1 / Wooden Pier: 

Mediterranean Gull 6 adults + 2 1st winters. 

Cormorant 57. 

Turnstone 9.


Scrub along south side of harbour: 

Whitethroat 2, Chiffchaff 2 and a Blackcap female. 

Wheatear 2.


Heysham Head late afternoon just before and during light rain shower 

Wheatear 14 moving through and along the beach 

c 25 House Martins 

5 Swallows over wood. 

Rock Pipit 3 on beach 

3 Little Egrets.


Red Nab and Ocean Edge towards high water (MD)
The prime objective of this walk was to locate the ringed Meds seen by Pete and Jean yesterday. I was fortunate enough to find the white ringed bird, but I wasn't going to find the "red" ringed bird, as I totally misread Pete's message, it was a yellow ring! But that wasn't around either.
Mediterranean gulls:
Beach out from Ocean Edge - 3 adult (including Belgium white ringed bird also seen last year, let's hope it has been recorded elsewhere in between). Plus 1 x 2nd winter.
Red Nab - at least 2 adult plus 4 1st winter
So absolute minimum birds today 11 adult (RN and jetty birds definitely different) 1 x 2nd winter, 4 x 1st winter.

Rock Pipit 3 Red Nab (these will be some of what Shaun saw earlier)
Wheatear 6
Kestrel 1 - the bird that has been hunting over the saltmarsh at high water was waiting on the cliffs to the south. It would have been a long wait, today's tide was not high enough to cover it. I suspect it is a juvenile, it looks very thin! 
Emancipated looking Kestrel 

Shelduck 75 - were the most I saw at one time flying south, but prior to that I had counted 56 on beach between Red Nab and Saltmarsh - both adult and juvenile. This is a sudden increase from the previous autumn record of 4!

Most of the waders were further south towards Potts Corner
Nearer to the saltmarsh were
Redshank 23
Ringed Plover 16
Grey Plover 2
Knot c30
Bar-Tailed Godwit 47 - most of the godwit moved on quickly as the tide rose, but this one hung around.





Sunday, 12 September 2021

New ringed meds narrowly avoid being read!

It was dead calm early on, a light north breeze picked up by mid morning. Mainly overcast, but dry.

Shaun had a look around the south side this morning:
Mediterranean gulls 11 - 9 winter plumage adult plus two 1st winter, on beach near the wooden jetty. Later Pete and Jean checked the high water roost, numbers were similar but with the addition of a 2nd winter bird, a yellow and a white darvic ringed birds (both new)  just escaped being read, hopefully they will hang around.
Rock Pipit 5
Wheatear 10
Little Egret 11
Swallow 45 in lose group heading south over Middleton Nature Reserve.

Heysham skear low water 10:15
The light was strange, great visibility but the low cloud was hanging like a blanket over everything.
Low cloud hanging over the bay in the still air

Great Crested Grebe 13
Red-breasted Merganser 4 ( looked like a female with three immature)
Eider 53  - 46 were a distance out mainly female/immature, but some males coming out of eclipse with them. Inshore there were 7 males, either moulting out of eclipse or into first summer plumage (MD). This is one of them. I like this clip as you can here St Peter's church bells in the background.
This is St Peter's church on the north side of Heysham Head, over a kilometre away, but sound travels far over mud and water.
St Peter's church looking back from the skear

Little Egret 12
Knot 69 - 61, 5 and 3
Not many other waders on the middle skear, but included: Oystercatcher, Redshank, Turnstone and Ringed Plover.
Swallow 1 south
Meadow Pipit 3 south

Finally a nice flock of fighter jets. These hardly affect the birds at all, probably because they are gone before the sound arrives. If you ever see a heavy Hurculese transporter flying low over the bay, they lift everything, especially when the tide is out and the birds are resting on the sand bars. This clip shows 3 + 4 fighters over the middle of the bay, followed by a single plane, probably monitoring the manoeuvre.




Saturday, 11 September 2021

Black and White news

Quite a fresh west breeze. Mainly overcast with showers, but the sun broke through occasionally.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Rosemary and Peter Silvester spotted this female Black Darter on 8th September. They are uncommon here, as far as I can tell, the last record was 18/07/17
Female Black Darter
This is a high resolution picture, best viewed by opening it.

It wasn't really a dragonfly day today, I had a look round just after lunch (MD).
Emperor 2
Brown Hawker 1
Migrant Hawker 3
Common Darter 15

Cetti's warbler 1 male singing from the "no swimming" pond

South shore
I just paid a quick visit to the beach, where Pontins used to be, at high water, accessible by the public footpath on the south side of Ocean Edge.
Wheatear 2
Redshank c180

White Wagtails - There was a feeding flock of 8-9 White/Pied Wagtail. The only males seen were 3 White, unfortunately I can only really pick the adult males, but I suspect that the whole group were White (MD)
 Adult Male White Wagtail 

Another adult male White Wagtail, foreground 
Another bird, not an adult male, upper left.

This is the best clip that I managed of some of the group 

This is the Kestrel that hunts over the saltmarsh as it is being covered. By this time it was already covered so it moved further inland to hunt, revealing itself to be a female or a juvenile.



Friday, 10 September 2021

Robin Day, and Mergansers return

Light SSW breeze freshened during the day and moved to SW. Overcast all day with light showers, very misty early on.

Heysham skear - low water 09:00
Great Crested Grebe 11
Red Breasted Merganser 7 (5 + 2 all female/immature) - first record this autumn 
Eider 28
Teal 2 - flew in from the east and appeared to land on the skear, but not relocated,
Little Egret 13
Grey Heron 2
The middle skear was pretty much deserted, Turnstone being the most abundant wader. There were Oystercatcher on the mud, and presumably on the outer skear. 
Knot c25 - a small flock with Curlew and an even smaller flock alone.
Small flock of Knot and Curlew, with a misty Heysham Head behind
Mediterranean gull 1 adult on the mud beyond the north edge of skear

A quick check of the heliport wall at high water found that it too was bereft of Knot.
It's mainly Redshank with a few Turnstone in foreground, Oystercatcher beyond

Red Nab and Ocean Edge towards high water
Mediterranean gulls 4 adult + 4 1st calendar year. The four youngsters stayed around Red Nab at high water, making for easy viewing. This one takes something from the water surface, probably a whelk egg cluster. 
Wheatear 11
Rock Pipit 5 on Red Nab
One of five Rock Pipits on Red Nab at high water

































Common Snipe 2 on saltmarsh 
Linnet 15 on saltmarsh 
Lapwing 12
Ringed Plover c40
Dunlin 2
Robin 2 on Red Nab plus another on Near Naze (not sure if this qualifies as "Robin Day", but it sounds good, and will get a few disappointed Google hits (MD))
Red Nab Robin

Raven 4 together, but not in close formation north over the saltmarsh 13:00
One of four Raven heading north

There were several butterflies in the nature park behind Red Nab. These are nice comparison shots of a Red Admiral and a Painted Lady.
Painted Lady

Red Admiral 


Thursday, 9 September 2021

Lots of finches and a White Wagtail

 Very light breezes again, mainly SE. Overcast all day, but still warm. Some short but heavy showers

South shore 
These are some of the Canada geese seen on Tuesday.
A Curlew is setting the pace
Just my records from a short visit at high water so far today.
No snipe flushed from the saltmarsh as it was covered.
Wheatear 7
Rock Pipit at least 6. This one looked a bit of a fluff ball!

Ringed Plover c30 no Dunlin today
Mediterranean gull 2 1st calendar year (I suppose the correct status is Juvenile, moulting to first winter plumage (MD))
1cy Mediterranean gulls 
Mute Swan 1 immature again feeding in the freshwater stream on Red Nab
Kestrel 1 started hunting over the saltmarsh as it was being covered.

There had been a heavy shower just before I began my walk, possibly bringing some of these birds down.
There were 23 Goldfinch and 1 Greenfinch sat together on the Power Station fence.
Linnet 29 around the saltmarsh plus 4 on Red Nab - the Linnet around the saltmarsh were eating the bracken seeds.

A male White Wagtail was on the sea wall briefly (White Wagtails are not always easy to confirm in autumn)

Migrant Hawker 3 together in the nature park

Finally, I've been watching this sunflower grow amongst the rubble on Ocean Edge foreshore. It is a bit battered and has been fortunate that these last two tides have been calm otherwise it would have been covered by the incoming waves. But it has made it to flowering, I'll see what happens if it manages to produce seeds.
Self seeded Sunflower, albeit a smallish one
growing on the foreshore.



Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Swallow movement increasing

The light breeze from SE to E sunshine all day.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing and vis report from Alan

A different morning again today, clear and sunny. Only two Grey Wagtails seen today (one only trapped).

Other captures:

Sedge Warbler 2

Blackcap 3

Chiffchaff 1

Willow Warbler 1

Blue Tit 1

Great Tit 4


A fairly constant steady trickle of Swallows (c60) flying south at least until I left just before 11.00.


I also had a quick check 10:00 - 11:15 (MD)

Swallow 36 in small groups 8, 6, 16 and 6


Mute the adult pair now on the "no swimming" pond with one of the cygnets. The other 8 cygnets still on the main pond

Mallard 8

Gadwall just 1 male

Little grebe 1


Not a lot of dragonflies around considering how warm it was

Emperor 3

Brown Hawker 2

Migrant Hawker 2

Common Darter 5


Butterflies included:

Red Admiral 

Small Tortoiseshell 

Speckled Wood 

Meadow Brown 


Silver Y moth

Silver Y, perfectly camouflaged against the dead leaves 

South Shore
These records are a composite of two checks each by myself and Kevin.

Common Snipe 10 flushed by the tide covering the saltmarsh.

Small Copper on the saltmarsh 

Small Copper - first one seen for a moth or so

Wheatear 6
Rock Pipit 3

Ringed Plover c50

Dunlin c15

Both the above were close in on the few remaining rocks on Red Nab at high water.

Dunlin 

Adult Ringed Plover with two juvenile plus a Dunlin 
A few of the Dunlin took the opportunity to forage the flotsam, the front bird never took its eye off me.


Mediterranean gulls at least 3 adult, 3 first winter, 1 second winter. The other day at Red Nab, a regular blog reader commented that they sometimes get confused with the different age groups (most of us do! MD). Perhaps this clip may help. There is an adult with completely white wings, a second winter (currently a 2cy) with just a few black spots on the wing tips and  first winter (currently a 1cy), with fully black primaries plus other dark upper wing markings. 

This is just a still from the clip. The adult is on the right, the 2nd winter middle 
and the 1st winter back. The other gull is a Common Gull

Just to add a bit more confusion, the "adult" could be 3rd winter bird, but that is arbitrary as there is no way to tell now, as 3 winter plumage is as adult.


The weather was perfect for drawing any migrating insects in off the sea, the tide was out, making the lighthouse area the only direct sea to land point. The sun was shining and it was hot, the breeze nicely  from ESE. Unfortunately, only a few butterflies were trickling in about 1 every 3 minutes 

Small Tortoiseshell 9

Small White 2

Painted Lady 1


There was still quite a lot of insect activity around the nature park behind Red Nab.

Red Admiral 3

Painted Lady 1

Comma 1

Large White 3

Small Tortoiseshell 7

Speckled Wood 5


Migrant Hawker 1

Common Darter 3


Kevin spotted this moth on the fence (the jury is still out on whether it is a Lesser Treble-bar or just a Treble-bar)

Kevin photographing the Treble-bar sp