Thursday, 25 June 2009

25th June 2009

An adult Spotted Flycatcher (right) ringed this morning was a surprise on the island as they usually turn up (if at all) around the middle of May or early autumn.

Fourteen Swifts (top left) passed east during the morning but the only Swallows (left) were the breeding pair.
Twelve Painted Lady butterflies were counted, also 3 Red Admirals (below left) and the first Meadow Brown (below right) this year. The Painted ladies were in very worn and faded condition unlike the insects of the recent invasion which were by and large pristine.

During the last few days, Emperor dragonflies have flown from the main pond and hundreds of Six-spot Burnet moth cocoons have appeared in many of the grassy places.
The Crows have 2 young sitting about the buildings and the Pied Wagtails have successfully fledged 3 of their own which are roaming all over the island, particularly catching insects at the north end.
On Tuesday a flock of 5,500 Knot flew north out of the Dee, a strange sighting for summer but which ties in with what has been noted elsewhere in the Liverpool bay area this week.
(DB,CJ) [403] photos CJ

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