Thursday, 11th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.
Insects galore today but very few birds, the Viaduct Lagoons held a few striking Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies, plus a couple of Emerald Damselflies, also there appears to have been an emergence of Comma Butterflies, which is one of my favorite butterfliy species.
Down on Chat Corner two Skylarks were dust bathing, Reed Buntings were popping up everywhere and a single Meadow Pipit, due to a cyclist, escaped the attention of my camera !
Bennerley. 9 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Blackcap, 2 Whitethoat, 2 Goldfinch. Chat Corner, 3 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting. Botany Bay. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Dunnock.
Butterflies. 3 Comma, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Speckled Wood, 5 Common Blue, 7 Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper. Damselflies. Azure, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed, Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker. Moths. Latticed Heath, Cinnabar, Five-spotted Burnet.
Friday, 12th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.
Not a single Reed Warbler kicking off today ! A very quiet Tathams Pond !
Bennerley. 25 Black-headed Gull, Whitethoat, Garden Warbler. Tathams Pond. Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, 3 Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethoat, Buzzard, Grey Heron. Shipley Gate. Chiffchaff, 37 Swallow, House Martin, 8 Swift, 12 Long-tailed Tit. North Marsh. 12 Jackdaw, 8 Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethoat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Linnet, 27 Goldfinch.
Butterflies. Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Woods, Large Skippers, Small Skipper, Large Whites, Small Whites. Damselflies. Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed,
Emerald, Banded Demoiselle. Dragonflies. Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Emperor. Moths. Cinnabrs, Latticed Heaths.
Saturday, 13th. July, 2013. Bennerley Marsh.
Probably the hottest day of the year today and it was certainly verging on the oppressive, Bennerley is beginning to look and feel like a semi-desert !
Bird and insect sighting were fairly equal, possibly more birds owing to nice little family groups.
Bennerley Lodge. Buzzard, 3 Swift. Bennerley. Jay, 20 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethoat, 5 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 13 Swift. Chat Corner. Reed Bunting, 3 Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, Lesser Whitethoat, 2 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch, Song Thrush, 15 Swallow, 3 Swift.
Butterflies. Comma, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Large White, Small White. Damselflies. Azure’s, Common Blues, Red-eyed. Dragonflies. Common Darter, Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Emperor.