Thursday 30 July 2020

Thursday 30th July

Typical counts of an expected range of species in the woods and bushes today with nine Blackcap, five plus Stonechat, five Chiffchaff, two Willow Warbler, two Whitethroat and the pair of Collared Dove. Also 13 Skylark on Warren Point.

Blackcap - Alan Keatley
On and around the Main Pond, some Mallard and Moorhen, adult Reed Warbler continued to feed fledged young; the pair of Mute Swan with their two cygnets, and a lingering fledged Little Grebe.

Along the beach, 29 Sanderling with a few Dunlin.  Also three Mediterranean Gull (two adult, one juv) and a Common Gull mixed in with Black-headed Gull along the tideline. Due to the low tide, no other representative wader counts were possible.

Wildlife news: in the warm sunshine nectaring on flowering Water Mint, Buddleia, Hemp-agrimony, Bramble and anything else spared by the mowers were lots of Gatekeeper, several Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Small White, Large White, three Clouded Yellow, and fresh Painted Lady and singles of Red Admiral and Peacock.

Painted Lady - Alan Keatley
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