Monday, 14 July 2014

Weekend update

 Juvenile Kestrel- one of two recently fledged birds on Parkside
 Male Whitethroat- still singing on territory. Looks like most Whitethroat families have moved out already.
 Small Tortoiseshell on Margoram (first time Margoram has been recorded on site- probably came in with the meadow mix)
 Six-spot Burnets- about 10 on the mound
 Essex Skipper- loads about. Probably 100+ on Horsefield alone and several 100 across the site
Rosy Footman
On the bird front- two adult and a juv LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, a few Green Sandpiper, 20+ Lapwing, Wood Sandpiper and Greenshank in the week (via Devilbirder), 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 4 Kestrel and tit flocks and Blackcaps and Chiffs along the edges.

Butterflies- 500-1000? Essex/Small Skipper (how can you count these things?), 5+ Marbled White, 100+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Large White, 10+ Small White, 40+ Small Tortoiseshell, 20+ Gatekeeper, 10+ Ringlet, 2 White-letter Hairstreak in the week (met up with the Biodiveristy team from Sutton to show them), 5+ Common Blue, 5+ Holly Blue, 4 Red Admiral and 3 Peacock.

Moths: Recent new ones for the year include Rosy Footman, Whitepoint, Copper Underwing, September Thorn, Catoptria pinella, Six-spot Burnets are coming on the mounds and lots of cinnabar moth caterpillars.

Plants: Real flower power scenes at the moment. Purple Loose-strife coming out all over the lakes, Goat's rue, mellilots, clovers, at least 9 species of grasses on the mounds and Scentless Mayweed colonizing the final restoration cell.

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