Quite a brisk east breeze all day. Mainly warm and sunny but hazy at times.
Reed Warbler 6
Willow Warbler 6
Sedge Warbler 4
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Cetti's Warbler 2
Reed Bunting 3
Long-tailed Tit 3
Meadow Pipit carrying food - usual area
Linnets 5-6 pairs (2 nests found)
Water Rail sharming heard in 2 spots (heard from 414/560 and 415/590)
Model Boat Pond: up to 8 swallows and 2 swifts feeding overhead
Broad-bodied Chaser: 3 males, 1 female ovipositing and 1 teneral.
Few other dragonflies in stiff breeze.
Heysham Nature Reserve
Pictures by Janet
|Burnet Companion moth|
Two of at least five in five separate locations
|Small Heath butterfly|
Lighthouse area (MD)
A check while tide was still out, weather warm and an east breeze.
Walking along the south wall there was a steady precession of "white tailed" bees, at first I thought they were coming in off, but later decided that there was probably a beeline to feed on the significant bloom of Bird's-foot Trefoil near the lighthouse.
Common Blue butterfly numbers were similar to yesterday and I'd decided that they were probably resident. Later, Kevin pointed out that Bird's-foot Trefoil is one of the favoured food plants for their caterpillars.
Flowering vegetation is normally sparse here, but this year the rain and recent
warmth has obviously suited the Bird's-foot Trefoil, and many bees were feeding on it
Small White - just 2
Painted Lady one quickly in off then straight through.
Cinnabar moth 1
There were plenty of flies and ladybirds coming in off, but I had expected more butterflies.
Damselflies 2 - probably Azure. I didn't think these had come in off, more likely to have come from the small reed lined pool within the Power Station confines
Rock Pipits both the lighthouse bird and waterfall birds heard calling but not seen - hopefully they were busy collecting food.
I found this on the skear this morning, obviously a jellyfish, or part of a jellyfish,
but not sure what sort
It looked a bit clearer when I placed it in a pool, probably a very small Barrel jellyfish
But suspect it's jellyfishing days are over!