Saturday 29 June 2019

29th June 2019

Weather: warm and sunny
What a great day, it could have been spring if you just look at the bird species that turned up but when you saw their ages and took the dragonflies and butterflies into account it had to be summer. 
Collared Dove, Magpie, Kestrel and Whitethroat turned up. As well as Linnets, Wrens and Meadow pipits a Blackcap and a male Redstart was ringed, the Redstart just starting his post breeding moult.
A Scoter and the Eider loafed at the north end as the tide came in, sharing it with some gulls and seals.
There was a passage of painted ladies, at least 30 but it could have been twice that. There were a lot of Red Admirals also. A Red-veined Darter dragonfly was at the south end and three Emperor dragonflies were present including this on the netting one of the traps.
The Swallows in Gus Lowe’s were doing well, but the nest in the lookout fared less well, although they seem to have re-laid. . 
The Pyrmidal Orchid was splendid in the sunshine.

 A Grey seal looking back at you is a common sight at high tide.
Ringed: Blackcap, Redstart, and 8 others.   [ 567-30 ]
photos JE

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