A clear night and a bright start. Very light variable breeze, but mainly from the west. Cloud cover after mid morning then sunny again in the afternoon.
After yesterday's excellent catch, this morning was very poor, the only highlight being the first Grey Wagtail capture of the year.
Grey Wagtail 1
Reed Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1 retrap
Willow Warbler 3 + 1 retrap
Blue tit 1
Great Tit 1
No swallows seen and the only passage birds seen were 2 alba wagtails.
I had a walk around mid afternoon (MD)
Mute and Mallard unchanged
Gadwall 6 - a male with 4 female/immature on "no swimming" pond plus a male on the main pond.
|Male Gadwall on the main pond coming out of eclipse|
Green Woodpecker 1
Otter - spraints now also marking the track the wildlife takes to the "no swimming" pond.
Common Darter everywhere - at least 30 seen
Brown Hawker 4
Migrant Hawker 6 (3 + 3)
Butterflies - not as abundant as yesterday but more variety. In order of abundance:
Red Admiral 3
Small Heath 1 ( first one for quite a while)
Brimstone 1 - a particularly pale female
|Unfortunately, Brimstone invariably settle with their wings closed, showing only the underside.|
|Not a great shot as it took off, but it does reveal how pale the upper wings were.|