Saturday 1 June 2024

Must be summer, five Dragonfly species.

A light NE wind shifted to NW mid morning and freshened slightly. Dry with long sunny spells.

Just my stuff so far (Malcolm)
Heysham Head - lunchtime (accompanying a field trip)
Rock Pipit 3 seen from the path looking down to the shore.
Blackbird, Linnet, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Common Whitethroat, Great Tit, Blue Tit singing and many feeding young.
No Swift but 2 House Martin.
Not a single wader seen
Little Egret 3

South sea wall mid afternoon 
Plenty of large gulls and a few Black-Headed gulls feeding on the outflows but no sign of Little gull today.

This Cormorant was enjoying the sun and wind on its feathers.

Curlew 2 together south
Grey Heron 1 north
Linnet 4
Rock Pipit 3 - Red Nab, waterfall and lighthouse. This is the one near the lighthouse, clearly feeding something, but I didn't see it fly to the previous nesting area below the harbour wall.
Rock Pipit with a bill full of juicy snacks

This Pied Wagtail was feeding on Red Nab

This gave me a bit of a start when it landed on the lens of my binoculars. It looked huge!
Alison advises that it is one of the Nettle Weevils, probably Polydrusus formosus

In the Nature Park
Blackcap and Common Whitethroat singing.
Four-spotted Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser

Speckled wood

Also: Small Tortoiseshell and Common Blue

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Just a quick check on the way home.
Warblers and wildfowl as yesterday, although there were at least three small ducklings today. I still didn't manage to see Mum, she saw me first. This is what is known as "legging it!"
Emperor 1
Four-Spotted Chaser several
Broad-bodied Chaser several
Black-Tailed Skimmer 3

Black-Tailed Skimmers

Common Darter 1 (first of the year)
Common Darter