Sunday, 19 October 2014
Monday, 25 August 2014
What has turned out to be a great season for all birds breeding wise, looks like a pretty poor one so far for this patch 'tern wise'. Speaking to a few local fishermen here and going off what they have told me..its sounds like the Mackerel haven't came in too often, which suggests the sprats and sand eels haven't either. It's a knock on effect.Hopefully a nice drop in will happen before they all go south.
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014
This evening's visit produced also- my first Arctic tern juvenile rested up here this year so far.
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
I made the mistake of wandering around a site in trainers today (should have know better) fell into a beck hidden with grass and had't to walk along a section of the Waskerly way in wellies for a couple of miles in search of Dark green fritillary. Pretty windy and dull up here today, fruitless search for this one, but cannot complain it's been a couple of brilliant outings! many thanks to the lads who have helped .
Monday, 30 June 2014
All the above shots are from the Scotch est. dene today, plenty Browns and a few Blues on the wing. No sign of Dingies (as expected) and the Banded dem's here didn't show well either.
The shot's below are from the Whitburn coastal park.
And below- Flowers! Three of the 4 species (I think) of Orchids in the coastal park.
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Started off firstly this afternoon visiting the Academy pools, which wasn't the best visit I've had here to put it mildly!. Reed warbler, mixed families of tits( blue,great and long tailed) comprising of about 30 birds along the hedge approach, couple of C. Whitethroats, Chiffy, along the usual stuff. Poor on the Dragonfly front also...
So dropped into the old stamping ground after this to see how the habitat has came along since the horses feeding on this land have been removed. The last time I visited was a few months back when the 2 hogs we over-wintered where released here. It was great to see the undergrowth and grasses etc. have re-generated and that no attempts at wild grazing had been made since my last visit.
Five Banded Demoiselles seen in two sections of this stretch of the Don, only one male. Two of the females where ovipositioning under the watchful eye of a male in his territory.
Sadly no Chimney sweeper moths on the wing here on this visit but Small copper, 2 small skippers and a couple of small blues.