Sunday, 31 May 2009

31st May 2009 Updated

Very quiet birdwise as is normal at the very end of May, and even the Painted Ladies were well down on numbers after the estimated 6,500 that had passed through yesterday, today there were about 200 early on building to 400 mid-morning and then nearly all gone by noon. In compensation 2 Four-Spotted Chasers (right) were in the area of the 'air-raid shelter' for some time and a Small Copper butterfly was in the SK paddock (see below).

A few birds were in evidence with the Peregrine (immature) greeting observers south of Middle on the way on (see right). And juvenile Meadow Pipits and Linnets recently fledged around the island showing summer is well and truly here (if the lack of migrants didn't make that obvious to observers!).

Very few Swallows except for the pair apparently attempting to breed, although a small number of Swifts went by. A Mute Swan flew east along the north shore tideline (left).

An afternoon/early evening visit produced another sighting of the Red-veined Darter first seen yesterday.

(DB,CJ,DNW,SRW,TGW+PSW) [397] Photos CJ and SRW

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