Monday 25th June to Sunday 1st July 2012
Still typically rather quiet for the time of year...
New in were a Teal and three Shovelers (the first of the latter since April and yet more evidence of post breeding dispersal) and the 1st summer male Goldeneye still lingered (though there was no sign of last weeks Pintail). A few Gadwalls and Pochards are still over-summering along with the more abundant Mallards and Tufted Ducks and several Shelducks are still present including a now well grown family party. The moulting flock of Canada Geese now nearly outnumber the Mute Swans with over 600 hundred present and the two Black Swans remain.
The pair of Oystercatchers got at least three of their four young off the tern island (where the Common Terns now also have chicks) and onto adjacent Bum Point but now seem to be down to one, whilst the other pair are still incubating their replacement clutch on The Swannery Nest Site. Apart from the lingering single Lapwing I missed all the other waders this week... a Whimbrel by minutes on Tuesday whilst workmate Charlie had a Grey Plover, a Redshank and four Curlews on my day off on Wednesday.
|Two of the Oystercatcher chicks after their 'sea crossing' from the tern island to Bum Point.|
(Courtesy of Charlie Wheeler)
The (1st summer?) Grey Plover (Charlie Wheeler).
And again showing the diagnostic black axillaries (Charlie Wheeler).
|Juvenile Stonechat Meadow path.|
|Scarlet Tiger Moth... |
One of a couple seen this week, this day flying moth has declined significantly here during the last 20 years... A couple of hundred would have been more likely in the late 1980's!