Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Mixed Bag


Field full of this again at East Chevington.

Small Copper on Ragwort



Notch-horned Cleg

Nasty biters! The following day I was chased by several of these. Much waving of arms ensured I didn't get bitten (Yes I'm a wimp.).

Juvenile Whinchat


Small Fan-foot

Shaded Broad-bar

Hare's-foot Clover

Common Sandpiper


Juvenile being fed a Common Bluetail (damselfly). I'm not sure my 'twitter' followers understood my comments when I posted the photo because you have to zoom in to see the damselfly.

Red Squirrel

Today the patch was bursting with recently fledged birds. Three Stonechats have second broods which are now fledged. This time the number of young per nest increased (2x4 and 1x3) compared with an average of 2 young per nest (first brood) for the 9 pairs in the bay.

Water Rails are becoming more obvious now muddy areas are appearing. Tern numbers on the beach are increasing. The adult Hobby is still in the area as is the Black Tern. Any day now I'm expecting to see Spotted Redshank and Pectoral Sandpiper, fingers crossed.

Short-eared Owl

In the distance this dark owl looked like a Long-eared. Closer inspection and the; yellow eyes, short tuft, plain flank streaking and lack  of orange cheeks help to ID this one. The angry look is because my lack of field craft led to it waking and flying off. Sorry!

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