Butterflies and Birds

I was working with the volunteers at Farlington today, it was very warm in the sunshine, but we got a good bit done. We were working in the Bushes area cutting vegetation and replacing one of the old bridges over the ditch. The sunshine brought out a good few butterflies and as we worked we saw several clouded yellow, small heath, gatekeeper, meadow brown, common blue and small white. There must have been a recent hatch of small heath as lots of them were really fresh.

I had a quick look around the Bushes and there were a few migrant about including 3 spotted flycatcher. Other birds today included a number of whinchat, wheatear, yellow wagtail, a redtsart and out in the Harbour an osprey. At the end of the day I took a quick look at the high tide roost on the Lake, there was no real change from the birds I saw on the count on Saturday, apart from the addition of 15 wigeon. Yesterday a ruff and a garganey were reported, but I could see no sign of them today.

On Saturday the high tide roost at the Lake comprised 688 oystercatcher, 688 redshank (yes, I know, how unlikely was that!), 52 greenshank, 1 spotted redshank, 265 grey plover, 2 bar-tailed godwit, 258 black-tailed godwit, 5 common sandpiper, 58 dunlin, 1 curlew sandpiper, 2 knot, 5 ringed plover, 2 snipe, 64 lapwing and 1 whimbrel, fifteen species of waders in all. Elsewhere on the reserve there were 446 curlew, 1 golden plover, 1 green sandpiper and 2 little ringed plover.

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