27.05.12. Nature Notes #2

A young male Fox prospecting again for nesting birds but was given short sharp shrift from the nesting Black-headed Gulls and was sent packing.

Managed this image of my first Painted Lady Butterfly of the year sunning its self on the raised bank of No 6 tank.

Observer WSM

Paul Crawley sent me this image and message about the Raven featured below.

I got these shots of the Raven yesterday showing its nictitating membrane.

You can find more of Paul’s photographs on the Birdguides website gallery.

Just up the road from Frodsham is  Riverside Campus off Percival Lane, Runcorn docks, I found a new site for Bee Orchids with well over 50 in flower.

Image by WSM.

27.05.12. Birdlog

Evening visit. Wind warm moderate from the north-west. Bright and sunny.

1 (male) Marsh Harrier, 9 Dunlin, 4 Avocet, 7 Black-tailed Godwit (including the ringed individual from previous weeks, now with a broken leg), 40 Mute and a single Black Swan, 100 Tufted Duck, 25 nesting pairs of Black-headed Gull, (singing) Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail .

Observer WSM.