A female Cuckoo was sitting on a post in the first field, being mobbed by Pipits, probably hoping to catch a second brood because yesterday we watched a young Pipit, from the first brood, crash land in the heather, see photo.
Today was the first really warm morning and it brought out the first of the many insects, see photos.
Common Blue butterfly,
Dingy Skipper butterfly,
Large Red Damselfly,
Six-spot Burnet moth caterpillar
Bob and Bri
We have not found any of the usual caterpillars, Fox moth, Garden tiger, Oak Eggar and Drinker, that is until today, a Drinker was on the path on the tip, not in the reserve. Would the lack of these creatures be down to over grazing by the cattle, we will never know.
While checking the ponds, there were a couple of Dark Tussock moth caterpillars grazing on the ground willow next to one of them.
The swans appear to be struggling to find food for the cygnets and are travelling up to the two small ponds north of the long one, see shots.
Yesterday it was snowing Willow seeds and the ground was almost white.
Bob and Bri
A flock of waders were gathered on the stones at Earnsy Bay yesterday morning, and as the tide receded they flew off towards the north of the island and created a fantastic long weaving wave, see shots.
In the afternoon yesterday, the short walk with the dogs took us through the allotment lane at the back of Vickerstown school, which was well protected from the cold easterly wind and there were a pair of Holly–blue butterflies on a patch of ivy, see shots.
Finally they have emerged and there are eight, same number as last year but about three weeks earlier, lets hopr they have more success.
Bob and Bri
Checking the ponds this morning and found a pair of Natterjacks mating in pond 52, same pond that had about 200 tadpoles two weeks ago, which are now down to approximately 20, hope this next batch have a better chance of survival.
My apologies for the last blog, it should have been Reed Warbler not Willow and there are now two on the pond.
Talked to Chris on his way back this morning, we both reported not seeing a female Cuckoo or a Willow Warbler this year and then half and hour later, found both. The Cuckoo flew out of the willow trees opposite the feeders and settled on the steel post, see photo, the Willow Warbler was in the reed bed, opposite the path in the middle of the fishing pond.
Also came across a small flock of Eider Duck in the channel, made up of mostly males.