Tuesday 16 August 2022

Another Clouded Yellow

WNW light wind, overcast in the morning, but plenty of sunshine by the afternoon.

Heysham Nature Reserve 
Clouded Yellow 1 male around the office area before moving towards the None operational land - ref Pete.

South shore
Mediterranean gull 18 - 17 on Red Nab (ref Pete) plus one on beach near wooden jetty.
Adult Mediterranean gull on shore next to wooden jetty

Wheatear 1 on foreshore 
Linnet 9 
Rock Pipits 2

Nature Park butterflies (quite good considering it was still overcast)
Gate Keeper
Meadow Brown
Speckled Wood
Common Blue
Red Admiral 3
Painted Lady 2
Peacock 1
Large White 1
Small White 2

Middleton Nature Reserve (MD)
Mute Swan pair + 7 cygnets 
Moorhen 3
Mallard 2 female, 1 with 2 large young, 6 male in eclipse 
Gadwall 1 female (on Tim Butler - possibly more, as many areas of this pond are out of sight)
Heron 1
Water Rail 1 squealing
Little grebe 1 summer plumage bird on Tim Butler (Mallard in background)

Swallow just one having a quick drink from main pond

Butterflies nothing that wasn't seen earlier in the Nature Park

Emperor 5 (2 female)
Black-Tailed Skimmer 1 male, and 1 old female
Very mature female Black-Tailed Skimmer

Common Darter - common 
Black Darter 1 aged female. Despite the well established colony not far away at Heysham Moss Nature Reserve, they are barely annual at Middleton. It appeared to be in passage, as when it took off from here it lifted vertically till out of sight.
Mature female Black Darter