Yesterday after noon on the walk out, a small falcon sat on a fence post in the second field, see the photo, it was along shot and the bird took off just after. Looking at the photo I think it could have been a Hobby, one of their favourite prey are dragonflies and this area is alive with Common Darter at the moment.
On the way back a Kestrel out hunting spotted a possible meal, see sequence of shots as it stooped to attack.
The channel side is bloom of purple Sea Lavender and the buzz of the bumble bees is immense, not something you hear much these days.
There were a few butterflies about today, which is another creature that has been not been seen much this year. One in the sand dunes was only settling for short periods and did so with it’s wings folded, put it down to a Meadow Brown but as can be seen from the photo it has a couple of spots on the wings, not sure what it is now.
The other one was spotted in the field and it had it’s wings open.
This morning at the seat, a male blackbird hopped out from the undergrowth, lay down and soaked up the warmth of the morning sun. He was probably thinking, all the kids have gone, just relax and take it easy.
They are now down to four cygnets, on Monday there were six, Wednesday five and yesterday four. On Wednesday, four came out with the parents and it was about another five minutes before the fifth swam out of the reeds and it looked slightly unstable and under the weather but did join in the others eating the food.
This similar to what happened in September of 2014, when the cygnets were much older, at the time, they looked small for their age, generally under nourished and disappeared one by one.
We will keep monitoring the family and update the site accordingly.
With this nice warm weather there have been quite a few moths about, trying to identify them is not always easy and it is interesting to know how they obtained the English name, often doesn’t follow any logic.
Barn Owl sightings have been very short this year and even those from the tower are not out hunting as usual.So it was a surprise this morning to find a dead young bird in box No1, one owl must be using the box for storage and may even be coming from over the other side of the channel.