10.0°C > 15.5°C. clear and hazy; calm with lightest of SE breeze later: good visibility.
(68th visit of the year)
Small numbers of Black-headed Gulls coming and going, with at most 8 together. All those seen well full adults.
First Kingfisher post-breeding: shot down the line of the Wesley Brook alongside Teece Drive.
More Reed Warblers singing today with two in different locations – birds about to start 2nd broods?
Garden Warbler not noted today either.
First Meadow Brown butterfly of the year.
First Small Tortoiseshell butterfly at this site.
Very many Ringlet butterflies today: also a Speckled Wood.
Clouded Border moth noted: new for the year
Very worn carpet moth on lamps likely a July Highflyer moth: to be confirmed.
Several of the flushed grass-moths were Common Grass-veneers (Agriphila tristella) but not all examined in detail.
Straw Dot moth flushed from the grass: also new for the year2 species of ladybird: one 7-spot; the other to be identified.
Hawker-type dragonfly seen in flight only: otherwise the expected damselfly species only.
2 moths in the tunnel under Priorslee Avenue: one of these the same Willow Beauty moth; the other a Small Dusty Wave.
1 +1 (1 brood) Great Crested Grebes
2 Grey Herons
2 + 1 Swans
17 (14) Mallard
3 + 1 (1 brood) Moorhens
32 + 22 (10 broods) Coots
c.20 Black-headed Gulls
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
c.10 Common Swifts
4 (4) Song Thrushes
8 (7) Reed Warbler
3 (2) Common Whitethroat
15 (12) Blackcaps again
6 (5) Chiffchaffs
Corvid roost dispersal: 255 Jackdaws and 180 Rooks
1 (1) Reed Buntings
A calm and slightly hazy start to the day ....
With the customary ‘burning bush’ – if you stand in the right place.
This is easier: it is a Greenbottle (Lucilia caesar).
tachinid fly, probably Tachina grossa. If so then the females lay their eggs on caterpillars, especially hairy caterpillars like those of the Oak Eggar moth. When the eggs hatch they eat their way out of the still living caterpillar. Nature can be very unpleasant.
A detail of the Meadowsweet flower head (complete with a fly to give scale!).
Not too hard to identify this ladybird – 7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata).
This moth is this is a Straw Dot moth
Priorslee Flash: 6:05am – 6:55am
(58th visit of the year)
Still unable to confirm number of juvenile Great Crested Grebes.
Additional earlier brood of 6 Mallard ducklings noted today.
One of the Coot broods seemed to be of 5 well-grown birds – problem is I have not noted this sized brood before!
Persistently singing Willow Tit in the copse by the surgery was my first at this site this year – bird dispersing post-breeding from the lake?
Willow Beauty moth on lamps.
2 + 1 Great Crested Grebes
83 Greylag Geese
1 Cackling Goose
219 Canada Geese
[the all-white feral goose not seen]
16 (11) + 11 (2 broods) Mallard
[again neither feral Mallard-type ducks noted]
7 (7) Tufted Ducks
1 Grey Heron
1 + 1 (1 brood) Moorhen
12 +8 (2 broods) Coots
6 Common Swifts
4 House Martin
3 (3) Blackcaps
3 (3) Chiffchaffs
A study of a Grey Heron taking the morning sun.