Magical to see the Sun Rise over the trees first thing!
Overnight catches from the Moth Traps continue to rise in overall numbers of Insects as well as additional new Species for the Year List. However, having said that it was singularly
that was added last night plus another variation of
COMMON MARBLED CARPET
This allowed for an earlier than usual start to the daily Wildlife rounds
with, as usual, the Irrigation Pond being the first location.
There was a suspicion a couple of days ago that there were 'young birds' in the
but that was laid to rest when the 'sitting' bird was absent and
at least c4 eggs could be clearly seen.
Additionally at that site there were a few
COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLIES
On to the Gravel Pit, and without putting the horse before the cart it could be said
that this relatively small watercourse was something like a mini
Slimbridge Wildlife Trust.
First to show was what was considered to be the 'usual'
but on closer inspection there seen to be
c2 (beyond the pair of Canada Geese with the single Gosling)
both in full summer plumage.
Being such secretive little birds it would be a reasonable theory to
think that they are those which 'over-wintered' here, and who knows
if they have bred or not. Little Grebes do carry their young on their backs,
and while close scrutiny has been given to this not have yet been seen.
Maneuvering the Strange Rover to best advantage it was thought that a female
was spotted in the margins but by the time we had finished faffing about
there was no sign of it until minutes later it flew overhead.
It would have been nice to see a little more of this scarce visitor to
our Recording Area, but the moment was lost!
However, that was when we picked up on a male
chugging its way out of the Sedges.
While concentrating on the 2
frequently diving, another 'splash' caught my eye as the
made a return but
quickly headed for cover of the vegetation and then climbed onto the bank.
Between shots of a
which also dropped in briefly for a drink, she appeared again
but the scene was short lived as she soon flew off.
The rest of the patrol was by and large 'fruitless' unless you count a bunch of
and similarly a clump of
so we decided to head back for a final look at the Gravel Pit.
Stopped in our tracks half way we managed to secure a shot or two
of c5 overflying
Back at the GP we disturbed this bathing
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
which may have provided a nice bit of footage, but surprise, surprise the
5 MUTE SWANS
had beaten me to the punch and were
sedately cruising up and down the pond.
At the End of the Day.
The NEW MOON of a couple of days ago.
1012 You Yanks are surely showing us the way! If you have been passing our Link on to Friends and Family we Thank You Very Much!