Thursday 13 July 2023

Thursday 13th July

A short visit was quiet with many of the resident species now in post-breeding moult, only Cirl Bunting remain in good voice with several males still declaring their territories. The Dark-bellied Brent Goose and several Mediterranean Gull were in the estuary along with a vocal Greenshank.

Wildlife News: The warming sunshine encouraged many butterflies on to the wing, with 12 species recorded. Summer generation Common Blue have begun to appear in the meadows with a Brown Argus, Small and Large Skipper also amongst the many Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. Large and Small White were moving through along with at least six Red Admiral.

Common Blue - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere Puss Moth and Eyed Hawkmoth caterpillars were munching willow leaves in Greenland Lake and a pair of Small Red-eyed Damselfly were ovipositing on the Main Pond.

Puss Moth - Alan Keatley

Eyed Hawknoth - Alan Keatley

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