Green Sandpiper- up to 12 (mainly adults) around at the moment. Most birds are in active moult. Numbers build up at Beddington over the next few weeks as part of a post breeding gathering, firstly adults and later the juveniles arrive.
Elephant Hawk Moth
Marbled White- the first one this year
Melliot on the mound- a burst of summer wildflowers underway
Peas on the Horse Field
A bit of tree pit planting for bugs - snap dragons, rudbekia and strawberries
Green Sandpiper numbers on the up, the first Greenshank of the autumn and a flock of Sand Martins heading north provided the first taste of the autumn migrations.
Lots of young birds around but unfortunately only one of the Shelduck chicks is still going.
Loads of butterflies on my regular route-30+ Meadow Brown, 10 Ringlet, 15+ Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Common Blue, 1 Comma, 10 Speckled Wood, 1 Marbled White and 1 Painted Lady. More dragonflies on the restored grassland and lots of day flying moths up there including six-spot Burnets.
Harvested a load of the yellow rattle this weekend for transfering to other parts of Hackbridge (out first batch came from the wetland centre) and did some more planting around Silverdale in the week.