Sunday, 29 July 2012
Butterfly wise- all the usual suspects you expect to encounter around here but in not such good numbers.The wind I felt played a part in this today and also the crap wet weather we've had must have taken its toll on these insects this summer.( them few days of sunshine..remember them?).
But on the return leg of today's visit here a butterfly lifted off the ground right in front of us...(nice one Max!) The flight of this one caught my eye and looked completely different to the Meadow browns and Ringlets encountered here. The insect was in the size range of these butterflies and showed flashes of brown in flight but when it landed on the dried up mud area it was obvious this is a little different. A master of disguise if ever I saw one!, picking this critter up even when you see the area its landed in is not easy.
Over joyed to have seen my first Grayling butterfly today.
Saturday, 28 July 2012
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
One of the pair of breeding Meadow pipits behind the fair greeted us in the usual manner here: flying/hovering over our heads, calling and then plonking down on the nearest resting post to watch us closely. And the Swallow parents buzzed us numerous times who have young mouths to feed very close to the pier.
Well the sun wasn't out, so hardly anyone was on the beach, but a few welcome visitors took advantage of this. A small group of Terns had rested up mid- way along the beach (this only happens normally when its void of human visitors like today) normally they have favoured the pier end of Sandhaven.
"Have a rest here pet and see to Max,I'm just going to have a quick wander onto the beach"...my words as I headed off to get a closer look after leaving them on the pier steps.
Joy of joys! seeing my first bairns (tern wise) this year on Sandhaven.
Bliss! awaiting better numbers now and a rarer one or two.
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Not one of the best visits Ive had to this area but nice all the same. Maybe a bit more of the yellow stuff would have made a difference.
Single Grey Partridge was flushed from the path on the mound as we crossed over it. A pair have been seen around this area for years (on and off) and off-spring sighted also. Bit luck maybe this year also.
Then I had a quick look at Lizard point.
Sadly as expected theres no sign now of the last yellow duckling in Marine park.(or the parents).
Sunday, 1 July 2012
The memorial plaque for the late Brian Unwin which had been paid for (via donations mainly) by local lads who knew him well was positioned. Brians loved one's gave their approvail of the plaque and its positioning. A place we all hope will reflect on his memory and very close to home, Whitburn point nature reserve.
The board above is the finished article, its weather proof and the type the National Trust use...and not cheap!
The lads involved digging and making these structures secure did a fine job today.!
Added bonus this afternoon seeing our first Ringlet butterfly of the year near the Whitburn obs. , Jan viewing Bee-orchids for the first time in the coastal park and a Juv. Shag resting with Cormorants near Lizard.