Light winds mainly overcast with some light showers.
First a few of the images that I couldn't post yesterday - these from Janet:
|Large Red Damselfly|
|Empty Damselfly nymph case (exuvia)|
|This one from Steph - Medusa jellyfish on beach|
below Knowlys Rd
|Mature male Broad-bodied Chaser|
|Female Broad-bodied Chaser|
Now the horticultural section:
|The Orchids are stating to bloom on Middleton|
|Best I can attempt is Marsh Orchid sp|
But I'm happy to be corrected if wrong (MD)
|The smell of Hawthorn blossom was overpowering on Middleton |
All the bushes were covered in blossom. It bodes well for holding
the winter thrushes later in the year.
The only records I have for today is my short evening walk. Recent visits to the skear have shown that the Sanderlings were choosing to feed on the outer skear, so today I went down early when just the inner skear was exposed and any birds concentrated - it paid off!
Great Crested Grebe 7
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Little Egret 15
Sanderling - absolute minimum 266. They were all over the inner skear, but the two main concentrations were on the western edge and along the north side. I counted 266 from a point in between these concentrations, but many would have been out of sight.
This flock is the core of the western birds, there are at least 125 in this flock.
This is less than half the birds along the northern edge
The status of Sanderling in the Observatory report is "A scarce and erratic passage migrant......" Not scarce this spring! I'm normally lucky to see one bird here at this time of year.
|Sanderling - I like this shot|
Kevin had some nice moths in his trap last night:
A nice variety of moths for the first time this year:
|A Marbled Coronet |
(which is quite locally distributed in Lancashire)
|A beautiful Green Silver-lines, which is a first for me in Heysham.|