Saturday 21 June 2014

Solstice butterflies

Lade - 1000hrs - warm, dry and sunny sw 2 - A meagre catch in the garden moth trap although Clay was new for the year. Once the B&B guests had gone we walked the local patch where plenty of summer butterflies were on the wing, particularly along the old conveyor belt track beside south lake, Common Blue and Small Heath were the most numerous followed by the two skippers, Meadow Brown and the first Marbled Whites of their short flight period. Beside north lake the flowering Buddleia attracted Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and a Painted Lady.
Birdwise, predictably quiet although Cuckoo still calling, plus Buzzard and Marsh Harrier over the airport fields. Whilst working in the garden this afternoon calling Med Gulls and Sandwich Terns were regularly heard drifting overhead.

                                  Marbled White, Lade

ARC - An afternoon stroll down to Screen hide was notable for 11 Little Egrets on the far bank and a Garganey amongst the eclipse ducks. A noisy brood of Green Woodpeckers were flying between the power line poles.

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