A Wide selection of bugs about today along the butterfly banks of No 6 tank. A profusion of Burdock, Spear Thistles, Ragwort etc encouraged by the warm weather brought out the goodies. Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small and Large Whites and Large Skippers.
Images above: Gatekeeper the butterfly bank and a Small Tortoiseshell
The marsh in summer isn’t complete without a flesh wound by the ever present Horseflies. The best way to treat this problem is to let them land on you before taking defensive action. A swift swat usually does the trick.
Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars (Tiger Tails) feeding on Oxford Ragwort flower. Blue-tailed Damselfly is a fairly common species about during these months and are very approachable.
A male Gall fly (Terellia tussilaginis) protects the newly emerging Burdock flower from other males to eventually attract in a female.
A Water Vole gave Paul the opportunity to capture this image today.
Images: Heather Wilde, Paul Ralston and Nature Notes #22.
20.07.13. Birdlog (WeBS Count)
WeBS Count: 2 pairs of Little Grebe (pair with one juvenile). 2 Cormorant, 34 Common Shelduck including a crèche of 23 ducklings, 36 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 70 Common Teal, 14 Common Pochard , 74 Tufted Duck and a pair of Ruddy Duck.
Wader wise a Whimbrel dropped in briefly before the ‘boys with their model aircraft toys’ spooked it to depart elsewhere. 10 Ringed and 5 juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a single Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Snipe and a Common Sandpiper noted.
A pair of Marsh Harriers ranged widely from Frodsham Score to the Weaver Bend. A couple of Peregrines were over Kamira Woods.
Observers: Paul Ralston, Heather and Harley Wilde, Frank Duff, WSM.