The light breeze from SE to E sunshine all day.
A different morning again today, clear and sunny. Only two Grey Wagtails seen today (one only trapped).
Sedge Warbler 2
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
Gadwall just 1 male
Little grebe 1
Not a lot of dragonflies around considering how warm it was
Brown Hawker 2
Migrant Hawker 2
Common Darter 5
Silver Y moth
|Silver Y, perfectly camouflaged against the dead leaves|
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|
Ringed Plover c50
Both the above were close in on the few remaining rocks on Red Nab at high water.
|Adult Ringed Plover with two juvenile plus a Dunlin|
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
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|