Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Visited the Scotch est. dene also on this wander. Pleased to see the 2 grazing horses have now been removed from this special site and the vegetation is starting to grow back....better late than never.
And 4 males and 3 female Banded Dems. showed here also....fantasic!
Had a look at the Colliery wood set aside area for Dingy skippers after visiting these two sites, only 3 individuals picked up here on this visit. The site is looking great with plenty Birds-foot trefoil flowering but alas compared to last year the numbers here are well down.
Sunday, 16 June 2013
But this did result in some nice sightings regarding bairns.
One little-un just went to ground on the middle of the road, picked it up and placed it on the grassed verge and moved the portable skip on to avoid further disturbance.
This popular picnic area had folk on mass again today, as expected on a weekend visit but canny all the same. A male Ring ouzel flew over more or less as soon as I parked up, going over dog walkers, picnickers and general visitors heads un- noticed...
Spotted fly also picked up here.
The shot above just proves how these birds will find any ledge etc. to settle nest wise upon when the location is right... Forced this year from last years nest site.
Monday, 10 June 2013
Shot taken with the little digi effort I carry around now and then.
What was interesting was that a few days earlier I was tripping over Small heaths at Colliery woods but at this site the numbers were far lower, but as mentioned above the Dingy skippers numbers here ..incredible!
Bird life wasn't exceptional on this visit, couple of Buzzards soared over, Sand martins entertained, Yellow hammers and Whitethroats called, of note.
Lush site and hope to return in the coming weeks again.
Pleased to report the small nesting population of Tree spuggs are still hanging out at site in Boldon, but very little else seen on this visit.
Saturday, 8 June 2013
Jackie's beach population showed again well on a visit today.
Thursday, 6 June 2013
Dingy skippers...again, this time I counted 11 on my last walk thro. after being here for at least a hour and a half and doing several passes counting.
A few folks left this area today feeling pleased to view these little brown jobbies once pointed out at this fantastic site for futterbyes.
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
First view, the one I've a few times on the outskirts of the reed areas.
The approach path to here.. C. and Lesser Whitethroats, Gropper also in nesting mode. Along with the usual suspects.
Monday, 3 June 2013
But was well pleased to see these little belter's again in two different locations near here. 4 in one area and only a single one picked up in the other spot. The Gorse looks to have had a bad season in these areas this year compared to what we have witnessed on Mull last week. But everything's late this year so hopefully more Green hairstreaks will be picked up in the coming weeks in this area.