Local patch and beyond

30th July

Marston, Stainby, Kilvington.

Marston continues to be un-exciting. A couple of snipe and a couple of green sands were about the best of it. The turtle doves in the village have now got a youngster. They’ve got to venture onto the patch sooner or lately, surely?

Best butterfly was a painted lady.

At Stainby, four or five yellow-legged gulls were amongst the hordes following a tractor.

Kilvington lakes also had yellow-legged gulls, with at least three adults. A peregrine arrived and spectacularly had a brief skirmish with a little egret. At least twenty yellow wagtails (mostly juvs.) were beside the East lake.

There were at least five clouded yellow butterflies. These things don’t half motor. Trying to get good butterfly photos is a nightmare, I don’t know how folks manage to get those superb upperwing shots. The yellows seem to be on something, not settling then off like a rocket, they were really doin’ me ‘ed in! Got one in the end, though. Loads of commoner butterflies here too, including a couple of painted ladies.

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29th July

RSPB Langford Lowfields.

There were also several clouded yellows at this site, another good place for butterflies. The car park ash tree provided purple hairstreaks, the pic below is digi-scoped.

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Bird highlights included 4 green sands, a ruff, 2 snipe and lots of juvenile birds. A great crested grebe was carrying stripy babies on  her back. The bittern was seen again at the weekend.

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