Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Mid-summer murders and a micro

 Blackcap- this sickly bird was present along the path along with a dead adult male
Probably the majority of Tree Sparrows left at Beddington Farmlands- only five years ago the summer population was near 1000. Cause of decline is unknown. 
Grapholita compositella - second record for Beddington
Still no end to this heatwave. Walked round yesterday with Devilbirder and had 15+ Green Sand and 2 Common Sand on 100 acre. Still loads of butterflies around. Swift numbers on the drop. The lively moth evenings continue.
Strange case of dead and dying Blackcaps on the path? Heatwave related?
Results from the Tree Sparrow project show the lowest numbers on site in a very long time which is not good at all.

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