A walk along Moorditch Lane out to the ‘Splashing Pool’ was littered with big numbers of both Painted Lady and Peacock Butterflies. The teasel plants had several species clustered on the flower heads vying for the chance to feed on the pollen, while others both tatty worn individuals dancing with fresh looking individuals. A pretty magical moment for me to catch up with this spectacle.
Bird wise it was very much a low-key affair with 120 Black-tailed Godwit, c400 Lapwing, 24 Dunlin, 15 Redshank being the best from the afternoon tide. Ducks included c30 Eurasian Teal, 4 Northern Shoveler and two duck Gadwall with their repective 8 & 6 ducklings.
A obliging Kestrel and hanging in the wind by the track on No.3 tank.
Observer: WSM with videos and images.
Earlier the Preston born and ringed 2A02 Black-headed Gull was back for its third year brief visit to Runcorn.
Enoplognatha ovata (Comb-footed Spider), Runcorn.
Skylark dust bathing on track by No.3 tank.
Painted Lady Butterfly video.