Birds Total: 48
Plus: Azure, Banded Demoiselle, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Emerald, Red-eyed Damselflies; Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Emperor, Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.
Plus: Comma, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood Butterflies.
Plus: 7-spot, 18-spot and Harlequin Ladybirds; Longhorn Beetle; Soldier Beetles; Various Bees; Hoverflies; Spiders and Wasps.
The good weather continues. So another long, exhausting day at the office was called for.
Despite the time of year a fairly good total of bird species was seen, although numbers other than wildfowl were down. Numbers of people were up, especially Birders.
I even met up with Jenny Sherwen, the new girl in charge of the Reserve, busily trimming back the foliage along the trails.
It was a mixed day, some good sightings but fleeting. The star spot of the day was my first sighting of at least 4 Emerald Damselflies. There were quite a few Common Darters about today, Red-eyed damsel numbers were down. Dozens of Peacock butterflies were about, mainly on the Buddleia. Lots of Whites and Meadow Browns, but I only saw one Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell. Lots of Ladybirds were finally about today, including a few Harlequins as well as lots of nymphs. And the flies were again a right, royal pain. I forgot the insect repellent. Again.
|Star of the day - an Emerald Damselfly|
|Not sure if this is a female or a juvenile male?|
I failed to find the Spotted Flycatchers, but an Oystercatcher; a Little Ringed Plover and a pair of Common Sandpipers were good enough. There were more Grey Herons than Little Egrets this time; lots of Lapwing; lots of Common Tern but only one Buzzard high in the sky. I think I spotted a Willow Warbler feeding in amongst lots of LTTs; a Garden Warbler showed itself, its lack of colour a give-away; there was only one, female, Reed Bunting; Blackcaps were about, mainly females and a party of Whitethroats were seen on the trail between the White and James Hides. Woodpeckers could be heard everywhere, especially the Greenies.