We have been watching lots of young birds at the feeders but the Bullfinches appeared to be a bit shy until the other day, one settled on a branch in the early morning sun and then was followed by a quickly maturing Robin.
This warm spell has produced an abundance of moths in the garden trap, a couple are attached.
Visited the tower early yesterday morning hoping to see the young and on arrival, found an adult stood at the bottom, normally in previous years they have been on top of the tank. After about ten minutes it took off and flew over the fields, only to return five minutes later but not carrying any food, it stood outside for a few minutes before dropping down under the tank, during all this time there were no calls from the young.
Patience is rewarded, and after a further twenty minutes another owl came out and this time it was one of the young, it may be the only one, and after about five minutes it returned under the tank.
As said above the nest has always been on top of the tank and when the young are close to flying they would stand in the opening, see old photo, but this year it appears to be underneath and there is not enough room for more than two to stand, so maybe there are others waiting to emerge and the one in the photo may not be the only one this year.
Pleased to see the family of tufted ducks, still with nine ducklings. Quite a few dragonflies around today, including 4-spot chaser, black-tailed darter and a brown hawker. Managed a rather poor photo of the dsrter on the path by the main pool – just couldn’t get close to it.
Some marsh helleborines in flower, though none in the area where there were so many last year, probably because it was flooded for so long over winter.
Few grayling butterflies along the edge of the shingle and the lovely little haresfoot clover flowering.
Lew told us he had spotted seven Sand Leeks on the old Vickers tip , not seen these before so had a look and took a couple of photos, and then had a wander around, for such a small area there is an abundance of flowers and took photos of some.
As Ian said it was a few degrees cooler morning, enough to keep the Damselflies and Dragonflies tucked up out of sight but in the afternoon the temperature rose and on Mill Lane Pond there was an Emperor, Brown Hawker and a few Four Spots, managed a shot of the Emperor settled on some reeds. Also in the pond there were a shoal of Goldfish, photo not too clear due to the reflection, last year there were two Terrapins but no sign of them today.
The moth trap in the garden produced similar species as the previous night, a Garden Tiger, which is quite distinctive, caterpillars are often seen up on the reserve and Jenny posted a photo a week ago. Another very common day flying moth is the Silver Y and this time of year they are normally quite numerous on the reserve and easily distinguished by the Y.