Last night there was a Little Ringed Plover on No 6 and a male Marsh Harrier over tanks 1,3 and 6.
Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars are back! The greedy little critters munching their way through the Spindle bushes on the banks of No’s 5-6 tank.
Observer and image: Paul Crawley.
A dozen Sand Martin hawking over the pond at Marsh Farm. 2 Raven, on the west side of No 6 tank, Lapwing with two young and 4 Little Ringed Plover. Coot with two young on Splashing pool on No 3 tank. The male and female Marsh Harrier over No 3, both birds had feathers missing from their inner primaries .
Ciao Guido D’Isidoro.
No 6 tank held 30 Tufted Duck, 2 male Pochard and 40 Common Shelduck.
The summer doldrums have truly arrived with little to add to the above sightings. So, apart from two Raven flying over and both panting heavily with feet dangling to reduce heat stress.
When the doldrums begin to bite I have to find something to occupy my interest and the invading Spindle Ermine moth caterpillars provided that with half a dozen or so scrubs covered by a veil of their webs cloaking them. Butterflies were out in force with Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined White and Orange-tip noted.
Upper image: Austin Morley. Lower images: WSM.
A pair of Yakovkev Yak-52s of the Red Star Pilots Association.display team flying wing tip to wing tip over No 6 tank. Andrew Seadon commented “These flew over Rudyard lake, Staffordshire as well today “
Thanks to Tony Broome for the identification of the aircraft.