Butterflies

This year has been exceptionally poor for butterflies, only now are we starting to see a few, even the Meadow Brown are in the low tens, normally in the two fields they would be in the hundreds.

The Gatekeeper as Jenny mentioned, has quickly built up and is now in the hundreds, but others are in single figures.

Large Skipper, one found in the area behind the curved seat, again these are very few in number.

Small Copper, one found on the main path from the field to the airport.

Comma, found two in Gillies field,

Also found a, Shaded Broad-bar moth in Gillies.

Large Dragonflies are also low in numbers, two Hawker did pass this morning but were too difficult to identify, the smaller variety, The Common Darter, are out in great numbers, found flying around sheltered Willows.

Bob and Bri

12th July

12th July 2017

A beautiful day for a walk around the reserve with lovely views across the long pool to the Lakeland fells. The swan family seems to be doing well with 6 cygnets still. There was a common sandpiper on the little island as I went past, still there a couple of hours later. Apart from the meadow browns, butterflies seemed sparse: just saw one small copper and one dark green fritillary, both in the meadows, and managed a couple of not very good photos. Also a few gatekeepers – the first I had seen this year – and a hawker-size dragonfly that kept going so don’t know what kind. Enjoyed seeing the wild flowers, especially the yellow bartsia an one of my favourites, the haresfoot clover.

During the walk, I mislaid a favourite scarf and a kind lady walking with a group took my phone number and rang later to say she had found it and was posting it. People can be so kind. I hope they enjoyed their walk as much as I did.

Jenny England

Determined Rats

We thought by cutting back the branches around the feeding table it would stop the rats gaining access to it and this morning we were proved wrong. One jumped across, from the remains of the branch to the table, then when getting back again, jump from the table to the branch. As the photos show it only just made the branch, on two occasions it missed completely and fell six feet to the ground but it did not stop trying again. A little more branch will have to go.

Bob and Bri

Young Birds

Now is the time to see the young birds and if lucky to catch them being fed, photos of:-

Blackbird and young,

Young Blue Tit,

Young Swallow waiting to be fed,

Young Sand Martin being fed.

Bob and Bri

Natterjack Toadlets

At last a few have been found around one of the new ponds, same as last year, but are very difficult to spot when covered in sand, see the attached.

Bri

Anyone seen a bridge

What a lovely surprise this morning, nearly fell into the ditch, some kind persons have taken our bridge, hope they got a hernia. We had a quick look around the area but didn’t find any clues to where or why it was removed.

Bob and Bri

Yellow is the colour

Flowers are great as long as you like yellow, Yellow Bartsia, Yellow Rattle,and now Dyer;s Greenweed, Lady’s Bedstraw, Meadow Vetchling ans shortly Ragwort.

When feeding the cygnets this morning, found a lot of large Carp scales on the sand, no sign of a struggle or any blood, may have been caught on a rod and line.

The Common toadlets were on the move, how they manage to survive, being so small.

Sand Martins were feeding over the ponds today, nests must be close.

Bri