Light breeze started from the south, before moving to the west. Warm and sunny all day.
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
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.
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)
Heysham Head early afternoon (MD)
|Common Darter male|
|Garden Spider (I think (MD)) wrapping its lunch|
|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)
|Pair of Common Darters - the female has quite worn wings|