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Wednesday 6th July 2022

Southbound 20 Black-headed Gull, 9 Oyk, 4 Cormorant, 3 Med Gull & 2 Curlew with northbound 2 Common Tern & 2 Sandwich Tern. On site classis bit of juvenile dispersal with Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Kestrel in addition to those that breed here. One of the local Peregrine was carrying a large item of prey early morning & at least 1 Nightingale is still here.

Doing well for additions to the site list this year with Acrobasis marmorea new to LBO.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Great Tit, 2 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat.


 

Tuesday 5th July 2022

 

Ringlet starting to look worn already.

Southbound 15 Black-headed Gull, 3 Little Egret, 2 Swallow & Oyk with northbound 5 Common Scoter plus 2 Little Tern offshore. Another dispersing Great Spotted Woodpecker suggests that they have had a decent breeding season not to far away.

Homoeosoma nebulella was first noted here in 2015 but had a dreadful year last year with only a singleton noted following the long hot drought of 2020. Hopefully a few more will be seen this year.

Ringing: nil.


Monday 4th July 2022

 

Six-belted Clearwings - 35 of these day flying moths were counted this morning suggesting that the actual number present may be 10X this figure.

In the bird department southbound 28 Black-headed Gull, 3 Curlew, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swallow & Oyk. On site a Great-spotted Woodpecker visited, 3 Little Tern were off the beach and it was odd to hear a Blackcap in sub song out the back. 2 Kestrel, including a juvenile, suggests successful breeding somewhere nearby. The Crows at the north end have finally brought three young onto the reserve whereas the other two pairs with two young each have been out for weeks.

It was thought that we had a new species for the site until we realised that this is a colour form of the Sycamore not familiar to us.

Ringing: nil.


Sunday 3rd July 2022

 

Scarce Emerald at the Butts Pond.

Southbound 36 Black-headed Gull, 5 Med Gull, 5 Sand Martin, 3 Gadwal & 2 Swift with northbound 4 Swift & Oyk. Fair number of baby birds on site plus a juvenile dispersing Chiffchaff that may have come from no further away than Langer Park. A dozen Red-legged Partridge chicks following an adult were the first seen for several years so we will see how many survive.

Cream-bordered Green Pea is only occasional here as it lives on Sallows & Willows, which we don't have, so those that turn up here here will be wanderers or immigrants.

Ringing: 13 Linnet, 5 Starling, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Pied Wagtail.


Saturday 2nd July 2022

Bright n' breezy. Southbound 5 Curlew, 3 Swift & 2 Med Gull with northbound 2 Common Tern. Despite the wind a fair selection of butterflies including a late(ish) Green Hairstreak. Haven't mentioned them for a while but still Scarce Emerald damselflies on the Butts pond with double figure counts some days.

Agapeta zoegana is one of the better looking micros that is appearing in the traps more frequently this year whereas in the past we have failed to note it in some years.

Ringing: nil.


Friday 1st July 2022

On the move southbound 20 Sand Martin, 18 Curlew, 12 Swift, 9 Black-headed Gull, 3 Med Gull, Barwit, House Martin & Whimbrel with northbound a Little Egret. Apart from this its the locals in the usual places. Worth a mention is up to 500 Starling in recent days with a high proportion adult which suggests that they have not had a bumper breeding season. Sand Martins arrive early in the spring and once breeding is over start abandoning the UK in the last week of June onwards. Sorry folks but autumn is well underway for several species despite others attempting to churn out another brood.

Crescent Plume lives on Restharrow so likes it here although its a bit more complicated than that. After a drought year when the Restharrow struggles then the following year the Plume suffers but following wetter years when the Restharrow has enough to drink then this species does ok.

Ringing: nil.