Birds Total: 41
Plus: Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed Damselflies; Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter Dragonflies.
Plus: Comma, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Large White, Painted Lady, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood Butterflies. Mother of Pearl Moth.
Plus: 18-spot Ladybird; Hornet's Nest; Short-winged Conehead; Ruby-tailed Wasp; Long-jawed Orb and Cross Spiders; Bees and Hoverflies.
It was a bit cloudy early on, with a cool breeze and I was thinking that I should have brought a fleece with me. But it soon brightened up when the sun came out and I was glad I hadn't.
I arrived at the viewpoint a little earlier than normal and found a fair few people already there. I recognised some familiar faces and got chatting to them. There were quite a few birds out on the lake but nothing really out of the ordinary. Although that, in itself, is important if you are keeping a list of sightings. Continued, regular, visits to the same places over a period of time is of great importance to highlight the habits of our flora and fauna. Personally, I just hope that it highlights the parlous state of our wildlife and that someone, somewhere and somehow they get the protection they need. So I continue to visit my local sites and continue to document them.
Actually, I dread to think what future generations will think of the current one. As my mother used to say, better to have been born now than later. They probably won't see half as much as we can now, so I guess I'm lucky to have my time now.
I'd better get off my soapbox and tell you of my day. From the viewpoint, over the period of about an hour or so, I spotted a Hobby perched on a telegraph pole across the lake; 80+ Lapwing were being put up every few minutes; a Great-crested Grebe; lots of Canadas flying in, akin to Bomber Command; a lone Greylag; a Buzzard flying the thermals; a Little Egret flew in and landed in amongst the reeds in front of the viewpoint; Pochard, Shoveler and Teal were in and around all the BHGs and Coots.
Just in front of me, on the Buddleia, there were suddenly lots of butterflies appearing. Mainly Small Torts, the most I've ever seen but the star was a lone Painted Lady which also appeared, the first one I've seen this year. Mother-of-Pearl moths were around as was a lone 18-spot Ladybird which look as if they are having a poor year.
I eventually moved off down the track, heading towards the Dragonfly Trail. Just as I started I spotted a Migrant Hawker perched up, begging to be photographed. Then I found myself on LTT highway, as they flew past, one by one, all calling to each other.
A Buzzard circled around and above me. I must have looked like his next meal. What time's lunch? At the bridge I searched in vain for any Banded Demoiselles. There were a few butterflies on the nearby buddleia and I could hear Blackcap and Grey Heron.
|Lords and Ladies!|
|Another Migrant Hawker|
|An unfortunate end for a Common Blue.|
|Female Common Darter|
|Coppice work in action|